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Jimmy Sabater wants “To be with you”

Flashback Friday

This week’s edition of Flashback Fridays is dedicated to the memory of Jimmy Sabater, who passed away this past Wednesday at the age of 75.

Jimmy Sabater was one the most admired vocalists in Latin music, having gained recognition as the lead vocalist for the Joe Cuba Sextet for over 20 years, known for crossing over various genres such as Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, R&B, and Boogaloo. He was also considerably talented as a Timbalero.

Jimmy was born in the Spanish Harlem section of NYC, having grown up around Latin music and having neighbors such as Tito Puente, Willie Bobo, and Celia Cruz, it seems as though his path had already been chosen for him. His dedication to following these greats led him to join Joe Cuba Sextet in the late 50’s and immediately gave him his signature song, which also happens to be your Flashback Friday song of the week, To Be With You.

Throughout the years, Jimmy has released many popular singles both as a member of Joe Cuba Sextet and as a solo artist, as well as his albums gaining worldwide recognition. Up until his death, Jimmy remained very active, performing throughout the NYC salsa scene until recently. Jimmy will be missed for his great contribution to Latin music and for being such a great part of the Latin music scene during its Golden era.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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