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Latin Jazz Drummer Bobby Sanabria & Band at Harmony Hall Saturday Night



There is a dumb expression I have heard people use, “those who can’t do, teach.”  No one who says that must be familiar with Bobby Sanabria.  This Fort Apache in the South Bronx-raised drummer has been playing and teaching wonderfully for years.  I have never taken a class with him, but thanks to seeing him perform, and seeing the video he made on the clave beat for the Smithsonian’s “Latin Jazz: La Combinación Perfecta” exhibit, I have a good idea how entertaining and educational that would be.  Sanabria, a Puerto Rican-American drummer and percussionist who attended the Berklee College of Music,  made the musical history dvd “From Mambo to Hiphop” and has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente and his own bands and orchestra,  will be bringing his small group Quarteto Aché  down from New York City to the area tonight. A son of the late ‘60s and the ‘70s, expect Sanabria to offer Cuban-rooted rhythms, bop and more style improvisations and charts, Zappa-esque rock, rural Puerto Rican traditions, soul, and salsa.

 Saturday April 25-Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Ache at 8 pm at Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Ft. Washington, MD
301-203-6040; Tickets: $15 general admission; $15 students & senior citizens. Directions:  From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take Exit 3A (Indian Head Highway) South. Follow Indian Head Highway (Route 210) South for approximately four miles and make a right onto Fort Washington Road. Make the next right turn onto Livingston Road. The center is on the left. All ages. welcome.
Tickets: $15 general admission; $15 students & senior citizens

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  • Steve

    A good show. Only 40 folks ventured out to this nice hall in Ft. Washington. 2 one hour sets. Sanabria's a little full of himself (lots of yacking about jazz as America's music and some preachy talk) and like's to show off his chops, but he sounded best playing with his colleagues. They had free food--fruit, cheese, cookies and drinks--during the intermission. A nice deal.