Bobby Sanabria
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Bobby Sanabria


Bobby Sanabria is a highly accomplished American drummer, percussionist, composer, and educator, known for his immense contributions to the world of Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music. Born on November 2, 1957, in the South Bronx, New York, Bobby Sanabria grew up in a vibrant and culturally diverse neighborhood that influenced his musical journey. Bobby's passion for music began at a young age, and he quickly developed a love for drumming and percussion. He honed his skills by immersing himself in the rich rhythms of Latin and Afro-Cuban music, studying under renowned percussionists such as Manny Oquendo and Milton Cardona. His dedication and talent caught the attention of numerous musicians, and he soon found himself performing with influential artists like Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, and Paquito D'Rivera. In addition to his impressive career as a performer, Bobby is also a prolific composer and arranger. He has written and recorded numerous albums, showcasing his distinctive blend of Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and jazz improvisation. Bobby Sanabria is not only a master musician but also a passionate educator. He has dedicated himself to preserving and promoting Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music through his work as an educator and lecturer. He has taught at prestigious institutions like The New School and the Manhattan School of Music, sharing his vast knowledge and inspiring countless students. Throughout his career, Bobby has been a tireless advocate for the recognition and appreciation of Latin music. His commitment to preserving the legacy of this genre led him to create the Grammy-nominated documentary "The Palladium: Where Mambo Was King" (2002). Bobby Sanabria's immense talent, creativity, and dedication have solidified his position as a true icon in the world of Latin jazz. Through his music and advocacy, he has played an instrumental role in keeping the rich traditions of Latin jazz alive and thriving.

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