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Bobby Sanabria headlines LU Percussion and Jazz Weekend, March 3 - 4

Bobby Sanabria

Bobby Sanabria, seven-time Grammy nominated drummer and percussionist, will be the featured artist at the upcoming Lamar University Percussion and Jazz Weekend, March 3 - 4, 2017. Hosted by the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music, the festival will feature workshops, symposiums and master classes, and will conclude with the gala concert featuring Sanabria on Saturday, March 4, at 6 p.m., in the University TheatreThe Cardinal Jazz Orchestra and percussion ensembles will perform with Sanabria.

“Bobby Sanabria is one of the most dynamic performers I’ve ever seen, as well as being a noted expert on the history and culture of Afro-Cuban music,” said Rick Condit, associate professor of music and director of jazz at LU.

The LU Percussion and Jazz Weekend will feature a lecture by Mr. Sanabria on the history of the clave, the rhythmic basis for Afro-Cuban music, and two Latin percussion workshops on Friday, March 3. On March 4, Mr. Sanabria will lead an open rehearsal and jam session from noon to 2 p.m. in the Wiley Band Hall, followed by the gala concert at 6 p.m.

Of Puerto Rican ancestry, Sanabria grew up in the South Bronx and attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1975 to 1979, where he received the Faculty Association Award for his excellence as a student. He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1983 and was a featured performer on the Mambo Kings film soundtrack. 

Sanabria has performed over the years in many New York City public schools as well as all over the world teaching and lecturing on the art of Latin jazz. He has written articles for Modern Drummer magazine, DRUM!, Traps and Highlights in Percussion and has written liner notes for more than 50 CDs. He composed music for the documentary films From Mambo To Hip Hop - A South Bronx Tale and Some Girls. He currently teaches Afro-Cuban jazz orchestras at the Manhattan School of Music and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. With the MSM Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, he recorded two Grammy-nominated CDs, Kenya Revisited Live and Tito Puente Masterworks Live. He leads Quarteto Aché, Ascensión, Sexteto Ibiano, and the multi-Grammy nominated Multiverse Big Band, which produced the Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban Dream - Live & In Clave, Big Band Urban Folktales and Multiverse.

He has performed and/or recorded with the Father of Afro-Cuban Jazz, Mario Bauzá, as well as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaría, Chico Freeman, Paquito D'Rivera, Candido, Ray Barretto, Chico O'Farrill, Francisco Aguabella, Henry Threadgill, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Daniel Ponce, Patato, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The WDR Big Band, Michael Gibbs, Charles McPherson, Phil Wilson, Randy Brecker, Charles Tolliver and Marco Rizo.

All daytime events at the LU Percussion and Jazz Weekend are free and open to the public. General admission tickets to the Sanabria concert at 6 p.m. are $8, $5 for non-LU students with I.D. and free to LU students with I.D.

For further information, or to reserve tickets, call the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at (409) 880-8144.