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Artist’s Choice: Bobby Sanabria on the Art of the Big Band

Zappa, Basie, Puente, Sinatra and more

Count Basie
Count Basie
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra (photo: Herman Leonard)
Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band
Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band (photo: Carolina Gonzalez)

I’m privileged to have performed in every musical context possible, but nothing offers the composer, arranger and instrumentalist as many challenges as the big band. From the harmonic, timbral and rhythmic possibilities to the technical demands placed on the musicians, the art of the big band is jazz’s summit.

Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra
“Rhythm Is Our Business”
The Complete Jimmie Lunceford Decca Sessions (Mosaic, 2011)

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