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Bobby Sanabria

Bobby Sanabria - drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer, educator and multiple Grammy nominee - 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 such legendary figures as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Paquito D'Rivera, Charles McPherson, Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, Marco Rizo, Arturo Sandoval, Chico O'Farrill, Candido, Francisco Aguabella, Larry Harlow, Henry Threadgill, and the Godfather of Afro-Cuban Jazz, Mario Bauzá....
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Bobby's latest recording project, “Big Band Urban Folktales”, on the Jazzheads label, is proving to be his most lauded work and it has been garnering critical acclaim for its futuristic approach to the Latin jazz big band canon. “...(Mr. Sanabria) expands the possibilities, moving the sound of bands like that of (Puente, Machito), with all the heft and intricacy and clave-based dance rhythm, into the harmonically oriented sophistication of current New York jazz players. It's New York up and down, and back and forth across the last century, from the street to the mambo palaces to the conservatories.” - Ben Ratliff, The NY Times

Also look out for the DVD of Bobby and his nonet Ascensión's scorching appearance at the 2006 Modern Drummer Festival currently released by Hudson Music and the release of the CD, “El Espiritu Jibaro”. This collaboration between legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd, Puerto Rican cuatro virtuoso Yomo Toro and Bobby with his nonet Ascensión is available on the Sunnyside label. Also forthcoming, the release on DVD of the aforementioned made for PBS, ALMA award winning best documentary made for TV , “FROM MAMBO TO HIP” - A South Bronx Tale, produced by City Lore, which will be available in September.

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    Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!!

    Jazzheads
    2011
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    Kenya Revisited LIVE!!! (feat. Candido)

    Jazzheads
    2010
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    Kenya Revisited Live !!!

    Jazzheads
    2009
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    Kenya Revisited Live!!!

    Jazzheads
    2009
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    Big Band Urban Folktales

    Jazzheads
    2007
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    Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Ache

    Zoho Music
    2004
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    Quarteto, Ach

    Khaeon World Music
    2002

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