It was a treat to once again bring in the New Year at BMHC Lab playing with Bobby Sanabria & Sexteto Ibiano. The abundance of love in the air was tangible and sometimes overwhelming. The Bronx Music Heritage Center is committed to preserving and promoting Bronx music, cultivating Bronx artists, spurring neighborhood revival, and providing free cultural programs for the community. The Bronx is, and has been, home to many great musicians of just about every genre.
The band boasted several historical jazz and Latin-jazz masters!
Bobby Sanabria (Master of Ceremonies, drums, vocals)
Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché played at Clement’s Place in Newark NJ on Friday October 14, 2016. In tribute to the late Dr. Clement Alexander Price, who was the founder and director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Newark’s city historian, and a devoted fan of jazz, Clement’s Place features live music every second Friday of the month. It has very good natural acoustics and is a warm room with an intimate setting and helpful and friendly staff. This photo was taken at the end of a magical, musical, historical and memorable evening!
Strength In Numbers– The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra
After Pete McGuinness’ last album, Voice Like a Horn, showcased the trombonist, composer, and arranger’s Chet Baker-styled vocals, he returns for the second time on CD to the jazz orchestra he formed back in 2006. McGuinness studied with Bob Brookmeyer and Manny Albam at the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop and has performed in big bands such as those led by Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Heath, and Maria Schneider, but while Brookmeyer is a main influence, his arrangements are wide-ranging in terms of intent and impact. He has been fortunate to retain nearly intact over the years the musicians in his New York-based orchestra, enabling him to write charts with their sounds and personalities in mind, and many of the selections on this recording have been refined and enriched through their repeated performance. McGuinness earned a 2008 Grammy nomination for his arrangement of “Smile” from the First Flight big band album, and it would be no surprise if certain tracks from Strength In Numbers receive Grammy consideration as well. Continue reading “JazzTimes Review: Strength in Numbers”