Childhood dreams, they do come true and I couldn't be more grateful for what I’m about to share. Our recording, “West Side Story Reimagined” by the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Bigband has been nominated in the 2019 Grammy Awards for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year! This is an incredible honor and I want to thank God first and foremost for blessing me with the gift of music, my parents, brothers, family here and around the world, music teachers I’ve had throughout my development as a pianist, colleagues and friends. Now, let’s bring it home.
We just received news the Multiverse Bigband album,”Westside Story Reimagined” is in the first round for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year. Please consider voting for us!
We just returned from Tel Aviv, Israel, and I must say it was fun, and way too short of a trip. Bobby Sanabria took us to play at the Ashdod Super Jazz Festival where I met some amazing people from all over the world. What I took away from this trip, after some insightful conversations with other musicians, is that we are all different and the same. We have similar struggles, aspirations and we agreed that what should unite us as a species is our humanness. This concept resonated within all of us at a deep level because we see so much violence, pain and injustice all around the world.
Aside from being gifted with music, at the end of the day, music is another lens through which we can perceive life as human beings and how beautiful it is to witness the power it has to bring people together. This reminds me of one of my favorite McCoy Tyner and Burt Bacharach albums, “What the World Needs Now”, with jazz trio and symphony orchestra. There is some great music on here, you should check it out sometime.
Today, Delmark Records announces the release of “Paquito Libre” is eminent. This is a track recorded by Paquito D’Rivera and myself earlier this year. I consider him a good friend and inspiration to many of us students of the music. He is a musician I grew up admiring and studying, so being on this recording with him is surreal and I’m grateful for the opportunity. The first time he asked me to play was to play with his trio in New York City. I forgot where I parked my car the morning of our first rehearsal, so I ended up getting a good 30 minute cardio work out, walking up and down the hills of Manhattan. The good thing is I wasn’t late and I was musically prepared. Later, he asked me to play with his Pan-American Orchestra for a Latin jazz ballet production and this year we did a concert fundraiser for musicians in Puerto Rico recovering from the hurricane. That concert was star studded and special, it was with the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Bigband, featuring Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Paquito, Candido Camero and Eddie Montalvo. It was an epic night, one I’ll never forget. It felt like the Dizzy United Nations orchestra, which a lot of them are alumnus of.
Alright back to the recording. This track will be interesting because it’s the first time Paquito and myself record in a free jazz setting. The project was organized by Elbio Barilari and Julia Miller for their upcoming release, “Volcano Radar”. I’m looking forward to sharing this new music with you soon.
I just received exciting news our record, “West Side Story Reimagined” hit the #1 spot on the Jazz Weekly charts! This album was recorded live at Lincoln Center with the multi-Grammy nominated band, Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band. This is a special album not only because it captured the music of Leonard Bernstein in a new light, but because 80% of the proceeds is going musicians in Puerto Rico who are still recovering from the hurricane. I am grateful to be in this band and for these awesome news.