Afro-Cuban Jazz by Bobby Sanabria and Quarteto Aché January 13

For Immediate Release

January 06, 2001

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (January 2, 2001) - From bolero to calypso, from merengue to be-bop, Afro-Cuban jazz percussionist Bobby Sanabria will heat things up at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, January 13, at 8:00 p.m. Sanabria, hailed as the "versatile, talented, unsung hero of Latin jazz," will be joined by his ensemble Quarteto Aché. Tickets are $17 ($15 for members and students) and are available at the Clark Museum Shop or by telephone at 413-458-2303, extension 324.

Sanabria has played with many of the greats in the worlds of jazz and Afro-Cuban music, including Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, and the late Tito Puente, who called him "a sensational player and educator." Sanabria gained prominence as the drummer for the legendary Mario Bauzá and his Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, with whom he recorded three CDs considered the definitive works on the Afro-Cuban big band jazz tradition. Sanabria was also featured with the Bauzá orchestra on two PBS documentaries and on The Bill Cosby Show.

Whether drumming for another orchestra or leading his ensembles Quarteto Aché, Ascension, and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Dream Big Band, Sanabria has earned a reputation as a lively and versatile performer on a variety of percussion instruments. His most recent CD was taped live at Birdland in 1999, and he has just completed work on recording projects with Ray Barretto, Dr. Chris Washburne, Jorge Sylvester, Larry Harlow, storyteller David Gonzalez, and poet Sekou Sundiata.

Bobby Sanabria and Quarteto Aché are presented by the Clark as part of the series "Saturday Night Jazz." Upcoming concerts will feature the "fervor, tension, and mysticism" of The Klezmatics on February 17 and "the ace of bass," guitarist Charlie Hunter, on March 24.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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