Paul Sanchez is a trumpet player from Quito, Ecuador. He began his musical career at a very young age, studying at the National Conservatory and with the Brass Band of Ecuador. At 14, he started studying at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, which gave him the opportunity to be exposed to jazz big bands and provided the chance to play with jazz musicians such as Brad Goode, Jeff Galindo, Elizabeth Dotson, Greg Badolato, and Rick Peckham, among others. In 2009, Sanchez received a full scholarship to the University of North Texas, where he studied with masters such as Rodney Booth, Mike Steinel, and Lynn Seton. In 2010, he won first place for a melodic instrument in the Emisarios del Jazz competition in Ecuador and was therefore able to travel to the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops and play at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In March 2011, Sanchez received the Presidential Scholarship from Berklee College of Music, and since coming to Berklee, he has shared the stage with musicians like Antonio Sanchez, Terence Blanchard, Los Hermanos Arango, Luis Enrique, and Alejandro Sanz, with whom he later performed at the Latin Grammys.
Watch Sanchez perform at Ecuador Jazz 2016: