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Jazz Notes: Poncho Sanchez, Holiday Showcase

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PASIC, the Percussion Arts Society's annual showcase which will welcome 6,000 percussionists of all stripes to downtown Indy November 9-12, will feature a few choice concerts at the Indiana Convention Center that are open to the public — though you'll have to be on top of things to get in.

On November 11, the PAC will bring in the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, featuring guest drummers Steve Fidyk, Peter Erskine, Keith Carlock, Simon Phillips, John Riley and Ed Soph and vibist Emil Richards. Tickets are available on a limited basis on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Indiana Convention Center Box Office the day of the 8 p.m. concert.

November 12 brings legendary conguero Poncho Sanchez to town to pay tribute to Latin Jazz legends. Sanchez is touring in support of his newly released 25th recording as a bandleader, Chano Y Dizzy, which features trumpeter Terrence Blanchard (who won't be making the trip for this show). Sanchez will also be celebrating his 60th birthday. Concert time is 8 p.m. Tickets are available also available on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the show.

December will mark the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation's annual Holiday Showcase at the Jazz Kitchen. A highlight of this event is the induction of nominees into the IJF's Jazz Hall of Fame. This year's inductees are pianists Alan Burke, Carl Hines and Gary Walters and drummer Gene Markiewicz.

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