Nuestro Tiempo

Bobby Sanabria and the NYU All University Jazz Orchestra


A happy jazz mambo performed virtually by an excellent college big band

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In addition to being a major drummer and percussionist, Bobby Sanabria is an influential educator.

Due to the Pandemic, the NYU All University Jazz Orchestra which Sanabria directs could not have a final concert at the end of their semester.

At the suggestion of Sanabria’s former student Jeremy Fletcher, it was decided to perform a virtual concert; but how does one film a big band with social isolation?

Bobby Sanabria explains: “Basically you play to a prerecorded computer generated demo with a click track that you listen to. You video it on your phone and record it on your cell phone. You put the cell phone on a small commercially available tripod or prop it on any steady surface like books, a chair, etc. You send it to the ‘assembler’ who mixes the sounds of each instrument through Pro-Tools and puts the videos together through Logic.”

Against all odds, here is the NYU All University Jazz Orchestra performing Fletcher’s infectious jazz mambo “Nuestro Tiempo (Our Time).”

-Scott Yanow

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