The 12th Annual
Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Music Camp
Bobby Sanabria, Artistic Director/Artist-In-Residence

July 3-8, 2016
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

A RESIDENT CAMP for MUSIC STUDENTS Grades 8-12 (including 2016 graduates)
cuyahoga arts and culture
About the Foundation

KeyBank Presents
The 12th Annual Roberto Ocasio
Foundation Latin Jazz Concert
July 8, 2016, 7pm (venue tba)
Performing: The Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz
"Youth" Project, Faculty, and
The U.S. Army Field Band "Jazz Ambassadors"

A Latin beat beyond
the Usual Summer Music Camp!

Bobby Sanabria
Camp Artistic Director / Artist-In-Residence

(Chairman, Ocasio Foundation Artistic Advisory Board)

“If jazz is America’s art form, then Latin jazz is the greatest art form of all the Americas—North America, the Caribbean, and South America. Born in New York City in 1939 with the Machito Afro-Cubans, the first band to successfully wed Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz arranging technique, the Latin jazz continuum is the birth rite of being an American citizen. In an age where all of the arts have been cut across the board in our educational system, The Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Camp fights to maintain and spread this uniquely American art form in order that it may inspire, nurture, educate, and contribute to the fabric of American Society.”
-- Bobby Sanabria
World–renowned drummer/percussionist, composer, director, band leader, and 7x Grammy®-nominated recording artist. This is Bobby’s tenth year at the helm—teaching, leading, igniting and turning on hundreds of Ocasio Camp students over the years to this unique American-born art form, Latin Jazz.

The Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Camp Endorsed By
World-Acclaimed Maestro
NEA Jazz Masters

“Every public school, college music, social studies, and history department and every conservatory should have a course on this music and history. And maybe someday they will....CLEVELAND (and every place else Bobby Sanabria goes) DOES, so I am happy and honored to be a part of this great Camp. The soulful, SOPHISTICATED, spiritual brilliant music that these artists who created what we call Latin Jazz has a long and distinguished history, and a new generation is adding to the music today!!”
-- David Amram
World-acclaimed classical, jazz, Latin and world-music composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and first NY Philharmonic composer in residence. (Member, Ocasio Foundation Artistic Advisory Board)

"The work they are doing with these wonderful young music students at the Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Camp is tremendous! I want Afro-Cuban music to be preserved and passed on to generations, and it is in extra good hands with Bobby and the Camp.”
-- Candido” Camero
\Legendary Conguero and NEA Jazz Master
(Member, Ocasio Foundation Artistic Advisory Board)

Above, Candido performs the evening public Camp Concert with the students after presenting a long afternoon master class--sharing his remarkable expertise and contributions to the history of the music as well as his experiences with the world’s most noted colleagues and celebrities.

“I have had the great pleasure to attend the Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Camp. Witnessing firsthand the musical exchange between Bobby Sanabria and his students, the guidance and sincere approach through his knowledge are very rewarding to me. The Cleveland community is blessed to have this Music Camp [a unique program endorsed for young students from everywhere to come study Latin Jazz].”
-- Eddie Palmieri
NEA Jazz Master; 10x Grammy® winner; recipient of Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award ; inductee into the U.S. Library of Congress National Recording Registry and Smithsonian National Museum of American History Archives; and numerous other prestigious recognitions.

Pictured with Camp students and Artistic Director, Bobby Sanabria, Mr. Palmieri shares the history of his career in music, his philosophies on piano playing, and discusses his intense studies regarding the teaching of famed music theorist, Joseph Schillinger. Graciously donating his time, Mr. Palmieri also personally visits with students and answers their questions--an incredible thrill for Camp students, faculty and staff to meet and learn from the world’s most revered living legend of the Latin genre. Known for his astute groundbreaking arranging skills and historic compositions, Mr. Palmieri is recognized as one of the finest and most exciting pianists of the past 50 years, fusing the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexities of jazz influences and delighting fans across the globe with one of the most actively touring Salsa and Latin orchestras to date.

“Another great year at Camp--I loved it. I always learn so much from Bobby, and David Amram was amazing. I’ll be back for my senior year."
-- Alex Schmidt
3rd year drum/piano Camp student; Akron, Ohio

L to R: Pearce Gronek, Nathan Kim, Noah Gill, Fletcher Barton
“The Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Music Camp brings me together with other musicians and teaches me how to play with a Latin vibe. This camp is a total Latin Jazz emersion experience, and by the end of the Camp I have gained a great deal of knowledge and new skills from amazing instructors. It was at this Camp two years ago that I met new friends, and we formed Mixed Elements Band--all members of the band are my age and are outstanding musicians. We have been playing, writing and recording music together since then. The Camp is very well organized and we always have excellent accommodations. I really enjoy the special occasions when we get to learn salsa, go to jazz concerts, and perform for the public on the last evening in a big concert auditorium. I only wish the Camp was longer than one week!”
-- Nathan Kim, 4th-year Camp student-piano, keyboards, vocals; Shaker Hts., Ohio

MIXED ELEMENTS Latin Inspired Tunes
Make Me Change

Latin Song

Roberto Ocasio
January 9, 1955 - January 31, 2004

Music from"Algo Para T" 2001 by Roberto Ocasio

Song, "Algo Para T" (Something Just for You), composed and arranged by Roberto Ocasio. Lyrics by Roberto Ocasio, Freddie Carrion & David González.

Roberto Ocasio, piano
Freddie Carrion, bongos, percussion, lead vocals
Neil Chastain, drums, percussion, timbales
Rey Cintron, congas, timbales & percussion
David González, bass & vocals
Nate Haskell, trumpet
Dave Kochis, tenor, alto & baritone saxophone
Jim Roosa, trombone

"music is my first love, my life, and my destiny."
- Roberto Ocasio


The Roberto Ocasio Foundation           P.O. Box 81230          Cleveland, OH 44181         440.572.2048

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