Michito Sanchez will never forget the day he was called to play percussion in sessions with both Crosby, Stills & Nash and Elton John. Naturally all days cannot be as auspicious, but one such as that is an indication of the caliber of musicianship Sanchez has become known for. There have been countless musical highlights — the Rolling Stones, Don Was, Bruce Hornsby, Robert Palmer, Herbie Hancock, Placido Domingo, Luis Miguel, Glenn Frey and an endless list of sessions, videos and live performances in every genre of music.
Such success was the dream for the kid growing up in New Jersey. While the family jam sessions during the snowy nights were rough around the edges, music seeped into the blood of this boy. As a first generation born American of Cuban parentage, bongos were a constant fixture in the Sanchez household and between those and the pots and pans, the youngster was able to cut his early musical teeth. Then after attending some bata and rumba jam sessions, Michito was hooked.
He knows he’s one of the fortunate few who gets to make a living playing music and he never takes that privilege for granted. “Every call to play — from club dates to recording sessions — is a unique experience and a blessing, one I look forward to,” says Michito, who has enjoyed working with such artists as Kenny Loggins, Boz Scaggs, Joe Sample, Herb Alpert, Hanson, Chucho Valdez, Tito Puente, T-Bone Burnett, Joe Zawinul, Elvis Costello, Toni Braxton and Steve Winwood. Sanchez is a full member of Caravana Cubana, nominated for a Grammy in 2001 in the catagory of Best Traditional Tropical Latin Performance for their debut album Late Night Sessions.
In June 2008, The Michito Sanchez Salsa Orchestra won “Best Salsa Performer” in the 1st Annual Las Vegas Latin Music Awards, proving that the band has a World Class sound and attitude. later that year Arman Bolidian, President and CEO of Westbound Records, just happened to be staying at the South Point Hotel and Casino when he came into the showroom and saw the band. Bolidian was so impressed that 2 months later signed Michito to his First record deal. Soon after Michito took the band to Los Angeles to record their first CD entitled Atencion which is the title track that he wrote with his old friend Rudy Regalado. Meanwhile Michito always in demand for recording sessions and side work for the top artist in the music industry kept a very busy schedule from 2008- to the present.Performing and recording with such artist as, 3 Doors Down, Daughtry, Marcus Miller, Caetano Veloso, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Poncho Sanchez, Arturo Sandoval, Michael Buble, Talia, Apocalyptica, Train and Greg Rollies. His plate is full, but he never complains about too much work — it’s what makes him tick.
Visit Michito’s website for upcoming performances at www.Michito.com