On May 3rd 2008, renowned multiple Grammy Nominated Drummer, Percussionist, Composer, Arranger, Documentary Film-maker, Bandleader, Educator and Multi-Cultural Warrior, Bobby Sanabria, was honored with the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. "Living the Dream" Mentor Award, given by the Manhattan Country School annually to a Musician/Performer from the world of Jazz.
Some others honored by this Award include Lena Horne, Billy Taylor and Wynton Marsalis and, Mr. Sanabria is the first Latino to receive this honor.
"It’s an honor being the first Latino recipient of this prestigious award. What I do today as a musician I owe directly to the incredible multi-cultural upbringing I had growing up in NYC. Because of this, my own music has its own unique identity. One that draws upon the rich cultural heritage of not only my own Nuyorican experience, but also from the African American experience as well. An experience that can be described in one word, Jazz."
"Mr. Sanabria is the first recipient of the Living the Dream Mentor Award who embodies something we have sought for a long time", states Julie Lai, "A bridge between Latino and African-American communities. The intertwined histories of these communities is central to the curriculum, the student body and finally, among the honorees that help us raise the money to make it all possible at the school."
Congratulations (Again) to Bobby Sanabria for continuing his high level of efforts both Musically and personally inspiring new generations of Musicians and Citizens of the World!
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