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Yvonne Sanchez Biography
Yvonne Sanchez first performance was in Poland as a percussionist with the Polish rock star legend Joseph Skrzek. Later during her German stay, she started to play bass guitar and piano, but regardless her passion for musical instruments she never planned to become a vocalist until she moved to Prague in 1994 and whithin one year she had her premiere as a jazz vocalist at the reonouned Reduta jazz club in Prague.
In 1997 she won the poll held by the Czech magazine Harmony which covers classical, jazz and world music as the best jazz singer and in 1998 Yvonne was awarded with Vocalist of the Year by the Czech Jazz Society. Yvonne Sanchez has always talked about Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holliday in particular as her main inspirations but except her passion for jazz standards in 1998 she started a new project called “Brazilian Groove” interpreting songs based on Latin American rhytms such as Bossa Nova and Samba, especially written by her favorite Brazilian composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Yvonne Sanchez co-produced and arranged her first album “Invitation” in 2001. The album was recorded with Robert Balzar Trio, one of the best and most well respected jazz musicians in Czech Republic. “Invitation” was a great success and was considered by critics and audiences as one of the best jazz records ever to be recorded in the Czech Republic. “Invitation” received a nomination for the 2002 Czech Grammy awards in the jazz and blues category. In 2008 Yvonne recorded and produced her latest album “My Garden” (Warner Music) presenting herself for the first time as a songwriter. “My Garden was recorded with international musicians and is a fusion of jazz, latin and world music. “My Garden” received great reviews from critics and was nominated for the Andel award (equivelant of a Grammy) in the categories for the Best Album of the year and the Jazz Album of the year. Less than a year of the release, My Garden reached gold sales.
Yvonne Sanchez has performed in Russia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Turkey, Cyprus, France, Germany, England, Portugal, Israel, Brazil, Cuba and the USA.