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Bobby Sanabria has done a great deal in his careers as a drummer, percussionist, composer-arranger, educator and bandleader to help Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz.

Born and raised in the South Bronx of New York, Sanabria has worked with virtually every significant artist in Afro-Cuban jazz including Mario Bauzá, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Paquito D’Rivera, Candido, Ray Barretto, Chico O’Farrill, Francisco Aguabella, and Celia Cruz, not to mention Henry Threadgill, Roswell Rudd, David Amram, Charles McPherson, Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker, and Charles Tolliver among countless others.

Bobby Sanabria has led several notable albums of his own (including Live & In Clave, 50 Years of Mambo: A Tribute to Perez Prado, Kenya Revisited Live, Tito Puente Masterworks Live, MULTIVERSE, Que Viva Harlem, and West Side Story Reimagined.

On his LiveStream from Sept. 11, 2020, Bobby Sanabria (on drums, timbales and percussion) performs with a quartet comprised of Peter Brainin on tenor, soprano and flute, keyboardist Silvano Monasterios and electric bassist Ian Stewart.

On such numbers as “Mambo Inn” (mistakenly listed as “Bebop”), the charming “Danzon,” “Darn That Dream” (a feature for the tenor-saxophonist), the swinging uptempo “Blues In The Closet,” “La Negra Tomasa” (on which Sanabria sings), and the spirited closer “Compadre Pedro Juan” (which becomes “St. Thomas” and finally “The Saints”). Bobby Sanbria and his versatile quartet put on an entertaining and very musical show.

– Scott Yanow

Archived streams

September 11, 2020

January 20, 2021 – With Sammy Figueroa

July 29, 2020 – Bobby Sanabria

July 22, 2020 – Bobby Sanabria Interview with Juan Gutierrez

July 07, 2020

June 30, 2020

June 24, 2020 – “Timbales Basics” by Bobby Sanabria

June 03, 2020 – “Rumba Clave” by Bobby Sanabria

May 20, 2020 – La clave on Congas by Bobby Sanabria

May 6, 2020 – “Introduction to la clave” by Bobby Sanabria

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