West Side Story Reimagined (NPR)

Maria Hinojosa talks with Bobby Sanabria about “West Side Story Reimagined.”

This is our fourth article about this piece.

We did one before the premier.

One before the free streaming performance at Dizzy’s in New York City.

One before the release of the CD and the free outdoor show at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park.

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Documentary – “Mr. Bongo: I’m going to live until I die”

Jack Costanzo (1919-2018)

Jack Costanzo started out as a dancer but self-education which included three trips to Havana in the 1940s made him a bongero (bongo master) and he was in instant demand both with jazz and Latin orchestras.

His first exposure to the instrument came when he was 14 years old at a ballroom dance concert in his home … Read more

Help preserve the Manhattan School of Music’s world class Afro-Cuban music program

I recently heard that the Manhattan School of Music plans to discontinue its semester-long world class Afro-Cuban Orchestra program under the able direction of master musician and educator Bobby Sanabria and replace it with a two week program taught by visiting instructors.

This news hurts my soul on so many levels.

Here are just three that stand out:

#1. The … Read more

Meet Mamboso.net

Salsa Meets Jazz at the Village Gate…

One of the great shining episodes of American music history came to an abrupt end in 1993 when the Village Gate could not maintain in the ferocious Manhattan real estate market (such is the fate of so many creative venues in NYC.) . 

When exactly it started is hard to say, but in … Read more

West Side Story Reimagined

Interview with Bobby Sanabria

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What do you get when you combine Broadway’s most complex score from one of America’s greatest and most jazz-friendly composers with some of New York’s finest musicians and most imaginative arrangers playing for one of the world’s hippest jazz orchestras?

“West Side Story Reimagined” by Bobby Sanabria’s Multiverse Big Band.

We’ve … Read more