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Bobby Sanabria and the Multiverse Big Band

Americas Society

October 15, 2013
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Grammy-nominated drummer Bobby Sanabria performs with the Multiverse Big Band featuring Louis Armstrong Foundation Scholarship winner and Manhattan School of Music graduate student Patrick Bartley on alto sax and clarinet.

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Bobby Sanabria is a drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer, filmmaker, conductor, educator, and multiple Grammy nominee. He has performed with a veritable who's-who in the world of jazz and Latin music, as well as with his own critically acclaimed ensembles. His diverse recording and performing experience includes work with legendary figures of the jazz and Afro-Cuban jazz styles, including Mario Bauzá. The son of Puerto Rican parents, Sanabria was born in the South Bronx. Inspired by fellow New York-born Puerto Rican Tito Puente, Sanabria attended Boston's Berklee College of Music from 1975 to 1979, obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree and receiving their prestigious Faculty Association Award for his work as an instrumentalist. Sanabria has become a leader in the Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and jazz fields as both a drummer and percussionist, and is recognized as one of the most articulate musician-scholars of la tradición living today. He has been featured on numerous Grammy-nominated albums, including The Mambo Kings and other movie soundtracks, as well as television and radio work. Bobby has been the recipient of many awards, including an NEA grant as a jazz performer and various Meet the Composer awards. Sanabria is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music since 1999, where he directs the Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, one of the few such ensembles in conservatories in the country. Sanabria’s invited artists will be selected from among current students and recent alumni of the program. His current new big band CD released in August of 2012 on the Jazzheads label is entitled Multiverse. Inspired by the writings of Mexican author Octavio Paz and current scientific theories of multiple universes, it blurs the boundaries between jazz, Latin, funk, rock, R&B, gospel, the avant-garde, and even rap. It features spoken-word artist La Bruja in an amazing fusion of spoken word/rap big band Latin jazz tribute to the father of Afro-Cuban jazz Mario Bauzá, and award winning vocalist Charenee Wade in Over The Rainbow. Multiverse has been nominated for two Grammys, giving Sanabria a total of seven nominations for the coveted award. 

BOBBY SANABRIA MULTIVERSE BIG BAND

RHYTHM:
Bobby Sanabria - musical director, drums, percussion, vocals
Hiram "El Pavo" Remon - lead vocals, percussion
Orestes Abrantes - congas, vocals, percussion
Matthew Gonzalez - bongo'/cencerro, baril de bomba, percussion
Enrique Haneine - piano
Leo Traversa - electric bass

SAXOPHONES:
David Dejesus - lead alto, soprano, clarinet, flute
John Beaty - alto, clarinet, flute
Peter Brainin - tenor, flute
Jeff Lederer - tenor, flute
Danny Rivera - bari, bass clarinet

TRUMPETS:
Kevin Bryan - lead
Shareef Clayton
Max Darche'
Cameron Johnson

TROMBONES:
Tim Sessions - lead
St. Clair Simmons
Joe Beaty
Chris Washburne - bass trombone, tuba

SPECIAL GUEST:
Patrick Bartley - alto, soprano sax