The arrival of celebrated trumpet player Arturo Sandoval has been joyfully
applauded throughout the jazz and classical music communities. Granted political
asylum in July 1990, Sandoval, his wife, and teenage son made their new home
in Miami, Florida. A protégé of the legendary jazz master, Dizzy
Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town on the outskirts of Havana,
Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician
to bring Latin influences into American jazz. Sandoval began studying classical
trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didnt take him long to catch the
excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the worlds
most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flügelhorn, as well as
a renowned classical artist. Mr. Sandoval has had numerous Grammy-nominations
and has been awarded four. He was presented as guest
artist with the BBC Symphony, the Leningrad Symphony, the National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, London Symphony, Oklahoma Symphony, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. Currently, he serves with a full professorship at Florida International University, and maintains one of the most extensive educational programs in the industry with approximately one hundred performances and lectures in universities and colleges.
Mr. Sandoval was a feature artist in the acclaimed Dizzy Gillespie United Nation
Orchestra, as well as the orchestras 1992 Grammy Award-winning album,
Live at Royal Festival Hall. He has performed with Billy Cobham, Woody Herman, Woody Shaw, Herbie Hancock, Michel Legrand, Bill Conti, Stan Getz,
Celine Dione at the Oscars, John Williams at the Boston Pops, and in the Superbowl with Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle. His playing also can be heard
on Dave Grusins soundtrack for Havana, in the Mambo Kings soundtrack with his Grammy nominated composition Mambo Caliente, in the soundtrack of The
Perez Family, and was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to compose the music for the ballet of Pepitos Story choreographed by Debbie Allen. His diverse
style and versatility can be heard on albums by the GRP All Star Big Band, and Gloria Estefans Into the Light and Mi Tierra, as well as on other albums
by Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, and Paul Anka amongst others. Since his arrival to the U.S.A., Arturo Sandoval has recorded seven albums as a
soloist, six of which are jazz, Latin jazz, and one classical album. In 2000, HBO produced a movie about his life with Andy Garcia in the role of Mr.
Sandoval entitled For Love or Country. Arturo won an Emmy for his music in the film.