THE MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC & JAZZHEADS RECORDS RELEASE KENYA REVISITED “LIVE” FEATURING BOBBY SANABRIA CONDUCTING THE MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA WITH SPECIAL GUEST CANDIDO – (NEA JAZZ MASTER) -AN INCREDIBLE RE-WORKING OF AN AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ MASTERPIECE-
THIS RECORDING MARKS THE FIRST RELEASE IN A SERIES OF FOUR THAT JOIN FORCES BETWEEN THE MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND JAZZHEADS RECORDS.
Kenya Revisited ”Live” captures an extraordinary night of music performed by The Manhattan School of Music’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by drummer/composer & arranger Bobby Sanabria. On this special evening the great jazz master Candido joins the orchestra for their interpretation of the Afro-Cuban jazz classic. This recording also marks the first release in a series of four that joins forces between The Manhattan School of Music and Jazzheads Records. Scheduled for release in the coming months are three Manhattan School of Music interpretations of the Miles Davis classics” Porgy & Bess” “Sketches of Spain” and “Miles Ahead.” All three of upcoming recordings will feature saxophonist Dave Liebman with the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra conducted by Justin DiCioccio. Jazzheads Records will donate proceeds from the sales of these CD’ to the Manhattan School of Music Fund-Jazz Arts Program.
The partnership will become and set the standard merger, for Musical Arts, Education and Recording Dissemination!" -Justin DiCioccio Assistant Dean,Chair Manhattan School of Music Jazz Arts Program
“Jazzheads is proud to be affiliated with the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Department. Under the leadership of Justin DiCioccio, the jazz department is setting the standard for the highest degree of musicianship.” -Randy Klein President Jazzheads
Now 50 years after it was released to the public, we honor Mario Bauz, Machito, and all of the musicians who participated on the original recording with KENYA REVISITED LIVE!!! Recorded live in concert, you'll hear a new generation of players tackle this incredible music as it is re-worked with new progressive arrangements that reflect the current state of jazz virtuosity. Rejoice as the torch is passed to these young fire breathing dragons who have dedicated their lives to America's greatest art form, jazz, and the branch of that art form that represents all of the America's, Latin jazz." - Multiple Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria
About Kenya the recording -Past & Present: Originally recorded in December of 1957 by The Machito Afro-Cubans and released in 1958 (featuring alto saxophone titan Cannonball Adderley, as well as trumpet legend Joe Nuemann, and conga virtuoso Candido) the music of this legendary recording has never been performed in its entirety. KENYA has been hailed by the critics and cognoscenti alike as the greatest recording ever done by the legendary founders of the Afro-Cuban jazz movement. Under the direction of multiple Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria, the entire repertoire of the KENYA album is updated here with new arrangements and performed by the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. Joining the orchestra on this recording is NEA Jazz Master and master conguero Candido Camero, who performed on the original recording.
About The Manhattan School of Music: The Manhattan School of Music is a preeminent international conservatory of music. It is one of the first schools in the United States to acknowledge the importance of jazz as an art form by establishing undergraduate and graduate degree programs in jazz. It is also one of the richest programs of its kind, thanks to systematic and rigorous conservatory training combined with a myriad of performances and networking opportunities in New York City. Under the leadership of longtime faculty member and eminent jazz artist-and- educator Justin DiCioccio, the jazz arts program strives to produce students who perform, compose, and teach with equal facility and passion.
About Jazzheads Records: Jazzheads Records is an independent record company owned and operated by pianist/composer/arranger Randy Klein. Jazzheads is an indie Jazz label with cutting edge music based on improvisation. Since its inception in 1992 the labels artists roster has included Multiple Grammy Nominee Bobby Sanabria, trombonist/composer Chris Washburne, flutist Mark Weinstein, & piano great Dave Frank among others. About Bobby Sanabria: Multiple Grammy nominated as a leader and on numerous other projects as a sideman - drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, film-maker, bandleader, and multi-cultural warrior, Bobby Sanabria has performed and recorded with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamara, Paquito D’Rivera, Ray Barretto, Candido,Arturo Sandoval, Henry Threadgill, Larry Harlow, and the Godfather of Afro-Cuban jazz, Mario Bauz. Sanabria’s first big band recording, Live & in Clave!!! was nominated for a mainstream Grammy in 2001. In 2003 he was nominated for a Latin Grammy for, 50 Years of Mambo", A Tribute to Damaso Perez Prado. DRUM! Magazine named him Percussionist of the Year in 2005.
His latest recordings are El Espiritu Jibaro – The Jibaro Spirit” with trombonist Roswell Rudd and cuatro virtuoso Yomo Toro, which features Bobby with his nonet, Ascensin and the critically acclaimed and 2008 mainstream Grammy nominated, “Big Band Urban Folktales” with his 19 piece big band, on the Jazzheads label. The NY Times Ben Ratliff wrote...
As a leader and drummer, he expands the possibilities, moving the sounds of the big band tradition with all the heft and intricacy and clave-based dance rhythm, into the harmonically oriented sophistication of current New York jazz players. It's New York up and down, and back and forth across the last century, from the street to the mambo palaces to the conservatories."
This South Bronx native of Puerto Rican parentage is a 2006 inductee into the Bronx Walk of Fame where he has a street named after him. He joins other illustrious Bronx notables such as Stanley Kubrick, Colin Powell, Robert Klein, Eddie Palmieri, Rita Moreno, Diahann Carroll, and Ray Barretto, to name a few.
He holds a BM from the Berklee College of Music, and currently serves on the faculty of the New School and the Manhattan School of Music where he conducts Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Bands at both schools. He is the associate producer of the TV documentaries “The Palladium: Where Mambo Was King” shown on BRAVO which was winner of the IMAGINE award for best documentary of 2003 and “From Mambo to Hip Hop”, another award winning documentary (ALMA award, best documentary for TV) shown on PBS in 2007 which will be available on DVD in 2008. He is the author of the acclaimed video series, Getting Started on Congas and he is a featured performer on the DVD, Modern Drummer Festival 2006, from Hudson Music. Bobby continues his important work in spreading the Gospel of Latin jazz by being a consultant and featured on screen interviewee for PBS’s forthcoming landmark 4-hour documentary, LATIN MUSIC U.S.A. premiering nationwide on PBS October 12, 2009.