Bobby Sanabria recommends . . . .
Yanow, Scott. (2000). Afro-Cuban jazz. San Francisco, CA: Miller Freeman Books.
Roberts, John Storm. (1999). Latin jazz: the first of the fusions, 1880s to today.
New York: Schirmer Books.
Glasser, Ruth. (1995). My music is my flag: Puerto Rican musicians and their New York communities, 1917-1940. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Roberts, John Storm. (1985). The Latin tinge: the impact of Latin American music on the United States. Tivoli, New York: Original Music.
García, David F. (2006). Arsenio Rodríguez and the transnational flows of Latin popular music. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
Loza, Steven Joseph. (1999). Tito Puente and the making of Latin music. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
Mauleón, Rebeca. (1993). Salsa guidebook : for piano and ensemble. Petaluma, CA: Sher Music Co.
Guadalupe Pérez, Hiram. (2005). Historia de la salsa. San Juan, PR: Editorial Primera Hora.
Maggin, Donald L. (2005). Dizzy : the life and times of John Birks Gillespie. New York: Harper Entertainment.
Chediak, Nat. (1998). Diccionario de jazz latino. Madrid : Fundación Autor.
Sublette, Ned. (2007). Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo.
Sublette, Ned (2009). The World That made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square.
Sublette, Ned (2009). The Year Before the Flood: A Story of New Orleans.
The Latin Real Book (Hal Leonard)
This is the only professional-level Latin fake book ever published! It features nearly 600 pages of the best in contemporary and classic Latin jazz, salsa and Brazilian music, with detailed transcriptions, exactly as recorded, to help bands play in authentic Latin styles. Many tunes include bass lines for each section, piano montunos, and horn counter-lines. Includes a bilingual foreward and vocabulary listing, song lyrics in Spanish, Portuguese and/or English, a rhythm section appendix, sources for the recordings, and convenient spiral binding.
Outstanding artists represented include Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Ruben Blades, Puerto Rico All-Stars, Tito Puente, Irakere, Los Van Van, Ivan Lins, Tom Jobim, Toninho Horta, Jo Bosco, Milton Nascimento, Airto, Mario Bauzá, Dizzy Gillespie, Daniel Ponce, Seis Del Solar,
Chick Corea, Arsenio Rodriguez, Celia Cruz, Perez Prado, Orquesta Sensacion, and many more!
177 songs including “Afro Blue,” “Alonzo,” “Amantes,” “Amor,” “Armando’s Rumba,” “Bacchanal,” ” Brasileiro,” “Cachita,” “Claudia,” “Club Morocco,” “Contigo En La Distancia,” “Cubanita,” “Dèjame Sonar,” “Don Quixote,” “E’,” “Entregate,” “Estoy Como Nunca,” “Frevo,” “Guararè,” “Indiferencia,” “Jogral,” “Juan Pachanga,” “Kalinda,” “La Vida Es Un Sueno,” “L-grimas Negras,” “Lamento Borincano,” “Linda Chicana,” “Lo Que Va A Pasar,” “Midnight Mambo,” “Novena,” “Rio,” “Sabor,” “Sambadouro,” “Song for Chano,” “Soy Antillana,”
“Y Hoy Como Ayer,” “Y Tu, Que Has Hecho?” and more!
Suggested Basic Listening
Latin Jazz—La Combinación Perfecta . Smithsonian Folkways.
The Original Mambo Kings—An Intro to Cubop. Verve.
Kenya, Machito & The Afro-Cubans. Roulette.
Afro-Cuban Dream: Live & In Clave!!! Bobby Sanabria Big Band. Arabesque Records.
Tito Puente & His Concert Orchestra. – Tico Records.
Top Percussion/Dancemania—Tito Puente. Bear Family Records.
Tanga—The Original Mambo King, Mario Bauzá. Pimienta.
Cal Tjader—Monterey Concerts. Prestige.
Herbie Hancock—Inventions & Dimensions. Blue Note.
Chano Pozo—El Tambor De Cuba. Tumbao Classics.
Big Band Urban Folktales – Bobby Sanabria Big Band – Jazzheads Record
Orquesta Aragon – Danzónes De Ayer y Hoy
Arsenio Rodriguez – El Alma De Cuba – 6CD set
Tito Puente – Dancemania – re-mastered 2 CD compilation set
Tony Martinez – Maferefún
From Mambo to Hip Hop—Music and Survival in the South Bronx – PBS
A one-hour documentary tracing the history of a portion of the famed New York borough, from the Puerto Rican migration and melding of Cuban rhythms to the threatened existence of the neighborhood and the development of Hip Hop. The documentary was broadcast by PBS in 2006, winning the ALMA Award for Best Made-for-TV Documentary. Bobby Sanabria, associate producer, musical score, featured narrator.
Latin Music U.S.A. — PBS
A four-part documentary series, it highlights the great American music created by Latinos and celebrates the Latin rhythms at the heart of jazz, rock, country, and rhythm and blues. It is a fresh take on American musical history, reaching across five decades to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all. Narrated by Jimmy Smitts. Bobby Sanabria, featured narrator and collaborator with producers, WGBH and BBC.
BRIDGES: The rise of Latin jazz with the great Machito and the explosion of the mambo with Pérez Prado.
Latin music infiltrates R&B and rock throughout the 1960s, from The Drifters to Santana and beyond.
THE SALSA REVOLUTION: Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvent Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythms,adding elements from soul and jazz to create salsa. Follow the rise and fall of legendary Fania Records with famed artists, Willie Colón, Héctor Lavoe, and Rubén Blades.
THE CHICANO WAVE: From Ritchie Valens and Freddy Fender to Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, and Selena, a new generation of Mexican Americans raised on rock, rhythm and blues, and country music expresses their cultural identity through Chicano rock, Latin rock, and Tejano.
DIVAS & SUPERSTARS: Latin pop explodes with the success of artists like Ricky Martin, Shakira, and Gloria Estefan. But as studios concentrate on star-driven pop, Latino youth gravitate toward the urban fusions of reggaetón artists like Daddy Yankee and rapper, Pitbull, while rock en español star, Juanes, becomes a global phenomenon.
A 1992 period drama film adapted from the Oscar Hijuelos’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989). The film, starring Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas, also includes Latin-music legends, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. The pulsating, passionate soundtrack includes Beautiful Maria of My Soul which received Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Grammy nominations as best original song. Bobby Sanabria, drums.