Sat 4/20 @ 7PM
It’s been 15 years ago since Roberto Ocasio’s car spun out on a treacherous, icy January day, robbing Cleveland of one of its most prominent and enthusiastic musician/educators. But his legacy keeps growing, thanks to the Roberto Ocasio Foundation started by his family and friends which hosts the Latin Jazz Music camp every summer.
One of those friends is Ocasio’s former classmate at Berklee College of Music , New York-based jazz percussionist/composer/arranger/educator Bobby Sanabria, who directs the camp. More recently, he has led a new program, the Youth Latin Jazz Band, taught at The Music Settlement’s Ohio City campus. He’s spent the past several months working with some of the area’s top high school music students, immersing them in such Afro-Latin music traditions as bossa nova, mambo, bolero, son montuna and more.
Those students will now be taking what they’ve learned out of the classroom and bringing it to the stage of the BOP STOP just up the street for a showcase that will feature some special guests. It’s free, although donations for the nonprofit Music Settlement will be gratefully accepted.