Latin jazz is somewhat of a misnomer for the sort of music Sanabria-the-percussionist plays. Sanabria-the-scholar-and-educator has likened jazz and Latin music to different branches of the same ancient African tree, a metaphor he has repeated both on his Web site - www.bobbysanabira.com - and through numerous interviews. Not surprisingly, this philosophical understanding of music's interdependence and shared relationship extends to Sanabria's recordings as well. As an artist, he has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, and Mongo Santamaria, and spent several years with the late, great Mario Bauzá, pioneering director of the Machito's Afro-Cuban Jazz orchestra - the first "fusion band" to fully combine African-American jazz with Afro-Cuban rhythm. Sanabria pays a moving tribute to Bauzá (who Gillespie called "my teacher and father") on 1993's N.Y.C. Aché, a decade-old release which moves seamlessly across the centuries, paying homage to his predecessors and educating listeners on the depth and beauty of Afro-Cuban music.
Typically, Sanabria has worked with large ensembles, including the eight-piece Ascensión on N.Y.C. Aché, and the 19-piece Afro Cuban Dream Big Band, on 2000's Live & in Clave!!! Most recently, Sanabria recorded with ¡Quarteto Aché! His studio albums pack the energy of a live show; reduced to four members, their sound is as full and rich as any of his previous outings. The Quarteto's eponymously titled disk, released
| BOBBY SANABRIA |
Saturday, May 31
207-2234 (Carver box office)
Watson Fine Arts Center
St. Philip's College
1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
Aché meets oralé: Expect an education in culture and sound as Sanabria with ¡Quarteto Aché! visit San Antonio, land of conjunto music and chicken fried steak. Invited guests of the Carver Center, they will play at the Watson Fine Arts Center on Saturday, May 31; as an added bonus, Sanabria is conducting a master class in Afro-Cuban percussion techniques (at an affordable $5) the night before the performance. •