Lamar University will host a Percussion and Jazz Weekend, Friday and Saturday, featuring seven-time Grammy-nominated artist Bobby Sanabria.
“The concert is a culmination of a weekend of activities featuring our guest star, Bobby Sanabria,” Rick Condit, associate professor of music and director of jazz ensembles, said. “He is a dynamic performer, a historian and an expert on Latin music, specifically Afro-Cuban music. He is a recognized expert in his field.”
Sanabria introduced the Cardinal Jazz Orchestra at the Jazz Education Network National Conference in New Orleans in January. Condit said the students are excited to play his music and perform with him.
“Performers and educators like to share their art with an enthusiastic and receptive audience, and Mr. Sanabria is an educator at heart,” Condit said. “He loves to teach and advocate for Latin Music, Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban music.”
On Friday, Sanabria will lecture on the history of the clave, the rhythmic basis for Afro-Cuban music, and will lead two Latin percussion workshops. On Saturday, he will lead an open rehearsal and jam session from noon to 2 p.m. in the Wiley Band Hall, followed by a Gala Concert at 6 p.m. in the University Theatre.
“The award-winning Lamar percussion ensemble will be performing a few featured numbers during the concert with Mr. Sanabria, and Cardinal Jazz orchestra will also do a few numbers with him,” Condit said. “We are very excited about it, and I’m sure the students and the public will be surprised and pleased by the high quality of the groups, and by his exciting manner and virtuosity on the instruments.
“The Lamar Jazz Band has a long and rich history, and typically having a guest artist annually is something that the students look forward to. It’s also a great opportunity for them to learn and to interact with professionals. It’s like an apprenticeship and it is something that we try to do on a regular basis.”
Admission is free with Lamar ID, $5 for students and $8 for the public.
For more information, call 880-8144.