Multi-Grammy nominated Jazz and Latin music artist, bandleader and educator, Bobby Sanabria, and the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, have nominated for a Latin Grammy (LARAS) for Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!!, in the Latin Jazz category.
Under Professor Sanabria's direction, it's the second time the 21-member orchestra has been nominated for this prestigious award. Two years ago, the ensemble was nominated for a Latin Grammy for the Kenya Revisited Live!!! 2009 recording, making it the first orchestra comprised of students to ever be nominated for a Latin Grammy in the organization's history.
Reacting to the news, Sanabria said: My students have worked so hard to achieve this honor. And this accomplishment demonstrates what can be achieved through the power and positive energy of music education. I am very proud of them. It's a shame, however, that due to the elimination of the Latin Jazz category in the mainstream Grammy's (NARAS) back in April, that they will not be able to compete for a mainstream Grammy award, as representatives of this style of uniquely American music, because the category was eliminated. This is unacceptable; and we will continue to fight for the restoration of the Latin Jazz Grammy category, as well as the other 30 categories that were eliminated by NARAS." For more information about both recordings, please visit www.bobbysanabria.com. For more information about the fight to restore all 31 Grammy music categories, please visit grammywatch.org.