from The Seattle Times:

Did you see this year’s Oscar-winning film “Birdman”?

If so, you probably noticed that the score was almost entirely percussion.

All those anxiety-producing clicks and free-jazz pyrotechnics were created by one of the most brilliant drummers in jazz, four-time Grammy-winner Antonio Sanchez, who brings his quintet to Jazz Alley two nights starting Tuesday (June 30).

Mostly familiar to Pat Metheny fans, for whom he has played 15 years, Sanchez said in a phone interview from New York that “Birdman” director Alejandro González Iñárritu was specifically looking for a drum score.

But Sanchez’s current focus is his expansive, 100-minute plus, “The Meridian Suite,” which his Migration band recently issued on CD and will perform in its entirety each night at the Alley.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Antonio Sanchez Migration
7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, June 30 and July 1, at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $28.50 (206-441-9729 or

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