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Masters of Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond

March 18, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Seton Hall University’s Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute Hosts Multiple Grammy Nominee Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché

In celebration of the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute’s 10th Anniversary, multiple Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché will visit Seton Hall University on March 18, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Jubilee Hall Auditorium. The lecture and concert is free and open to the public.

Bobby Sanabria – drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer, filmmaker, conductor, educator, activist, multi-cultural warrior and 7X Grammy nominee as a leader–has performed with a veritable Who’s Who in the world of Jazz and Latin music, as well as with his own critically acclaimed ensembles. His diverse recording and performing experience includes work with such legendary figures as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Charles McPherson, Mongo Santamaría, Ray Barretto, Marco Rizo, Arturo Sandoval, Roswell Rudd, Chico O’Farrill, Candido, Yomo Toro, Francisco Aguabella, Larry Harlow, Henry Threadgill, and the Godfather of Afro-Cuban Jazz, Mario Bauzá. Bobby, the son of Puerto Rican parents, was born and raised in NYC’s South Bronx.

He is the graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, being the first Puerto Rican student there obtaining a Bachelor’s in Music. Mr. Sanabria was the drummer with the legendary “Father of the Latin jazz movement,” Mario Bauzá’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra recording three Grammy nominated CD’s which are considered to be definitive works of the Latin Jazz big-band tradition.
In 2012, Maestro Sanabria was selected by the legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock to represent Latin Jazz with his Quarteto Ache’ as part of the first Annual UNESCO International Day of Jazz at the United Nations.

“Bobby Sanabria is equally adept at the swinging big band sounds of drummers Buddy Rich and Louis Bellson along with another boyhood hero, fusion pioneer Billy Cobham and timbale titan Tito Puente.” – Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute was created in 2005 through a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Carmen Ana Unanue. Built on a rich legacy of service to the Seton Hall Latino community, the Institute is led by the Catholic faith to fulfill two intertwined missions, that of service and education. Since its inception, the Institute has given out $590,000 in scholarships to over 130 students. Student satisfaction is widespread, with 75 percent saying the institute’s programs helped solidify their career choice and 77 percent saying the Institute helped build their professional network.


March 18, 2015
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ 07079 United States


McKenna Ronquillo
(520) 780-2471