Born in Santiago, Chile, Pablo Sanhueza is Kansas City’s premier first wave Salsa & Latin Jazz musician and bandleader. Since his arrival to Kansas City in 1996, he has distinguished himself as one of the foremost exponents of Latin American and Caribbean music across the Midwest. Since 2003, Pablo has led salsa & latin jazz ensembles as well as freelancing for various performing arts projects. 2018 marked Pablo’s Fifteenth Anniversary as a Salsa & Latin Jazz Bandleader here in Kansas City with his most accomplished project to date being the KC Latin Jazz All-Stars. Additionally, he directs Calle Vida, the “street life band” side of the KC Latin Jazz All-Stars who maintain the grassroots presence of providing dance music for the people. In 2018, Sanhueza co-founded the Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra, the first Midwestern non-profit dedicated to art form and living culture of Salsa & Latin Jazz.
Although primarily self-taught, Pablo has immersed himself under the guidance of jazz saxophonist and composer Bobby Watson, with whom he toured Europe in 2006, appearing at Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Red Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and Champs Elysees in Paris, France. Pablo also has studied with Afro-Cuban legends Jesus Alfonso, Sandy Perez, (Muñequitos de matanzas) & Felipe Villamil (Master artist at National Endowment for the Arts, Congolese masters Titos Sompa & Mabiba Boegne, Brazilian mestre Carlos Barrao (Axe Capoeira), Senegalese drummer choreographer Fara Tolno and Zimbabwean choreographer, percussionist Rujeko Masango (Tony award winning first dancer and director of Broadway’s Fela Kuti the musical).
In recent years Pablo has found himself performing alongside some of the Latin Jazz legends and African drumming masters who had inspired him in his early years. Poncho Sanchez, Titos Sompa, Dave Valentin and Bobby Watson are among the international artists Pablo has had the honor to play with.
Pablo sees himself as a village musician whose presence and impact in the community is experienced through live performance and perpetuated through relationship building with the youth and local institutions.
RECENT MEDIA APPEARANCES:
KCUR Central Standard: Cuban and Afro-Latino Influence in Kansas City Culture
KKFI ArtSpeak: October Extravaganza
CENTRAL AVENUE BETTERMENT ASSOCIATION
KKFI 90.1 COMMUNITY RADIO
KANSAS CITY MUSEUM
MISSOURI HUMANITIES COUNCIL
POLIS: CULTURAL PLANNING
THE NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART
KEMPER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
YJ’S SNACK BAR
KANSAS CITY PARKS & RECREATION
AMERICAN JAZZ MUSEUM