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The New School Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute To Duke Ellington

April is Jazz Appreciation Month and The New School’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by multi-Grammy nominated faculty member Bobby Sanabria will pay tribute to America’s greatest jazz composer and bandleader, Maestro Duke Ellington on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m.

This free special end of semester concert being held at Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance Space, 55 West 13th Street, 5th floor, will interpret Ellington’s major works with an Afro-Cuban Jazz flair.

For the last 20 years New School faculty member and seven-time Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria has directed the New School’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. Former members of this ensemble have included current jazz luminaries like Jason Lindner, Avishai Cohen, Anat Cohen, Rafi Malkiel, Ivan Renta, Dan Freedman, Karolina Strassmayer and others. Dedicated to not only preserving the canon of this uniquely American born art form but also advancing it by premiering new works, guest soloists that have appeared with the orchestra include legendary jazz icons like Candido, John Patitucci, Slide Hampton, Ronnie Cuber, Claudio Roditi, Bobby Watson, Sonny Fortune and others. Their end of month concerts at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe’ have become legendary.

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