Sanabria, Bobby


Bobby  Sanabria
BA, Music, Berklee College of Music
Professor, School of Jazz

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Areas of Expertise:
Latin jazz (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Puerto Rican), jazz, world music
Bobby Sanabria—drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, recording artist, writer, film producer, educator, and multiple Grammy nominee—has performed and recorded with a who’s who of jazz and Latin music as well as his own critically acclaimed ensembles. He has worked with such legendary figures as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Paquito D’Rivera, Ray Barretto, Charles McPherson, Larry Harlow, Chico O’Farill, and the father of Afro-Cuban jazz, Mario Bauzá. Mr. Sanabria is also an award-winning documentary producer whose films include The Palladium—Where Mambo Was King, shown on BRAVO, and From Mambo to Hip Hop—A South Bronx Tale, shown on PBS; he was a featured interviewee in both films. In 2005, Mr. Sanabria was voted Percussionist of the Year by the readers of DRUM! magazine. In 2006, he was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame and had a street named after him in recognition of the global impact of his work in the arts. He has written for numerous publications, including TRAPS, Modern Drummer, and the New York Daily News. He is now completing his 15th year as an associate professor at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Courses Taught:
  • Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra
Recent Publications:

Big Band Urban Folk Tales (2007) (CD—Grammy nominated)

El Espiritu Jibaro—Roswell Rudd & Yomo Toro featuring Bobby Sanabria & Ascensión (2007) (CD)

50 Years of Mambo—A Tribute to Damaso Perez Prado (2003) (CD—Grammy nominated)

Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Ache! (2002) (CD)

Bobby Sanabria Big Band Afro-Cuban Dream … Live & In Clave!!! (2000) (CD—Grammy nominated)

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