November 5, 2016; 8 p.m.
A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo 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 12, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.
Sandoval has been awarded 10 Grammy Awards, and nominated 19 times; he has also received six Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award, the latter for his work on the underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country,” which starred Andy Garcia as Arturo.
Recently released is a new book chronicling Sandoval’s relationship with Dizzy Gillespie titled “The Man Who Changed My Life.” Arturo is also the 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Sandoval has performed with the foremost orchestras in the country as well as abroad and recorded John Williams’ Trumpet Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra. His versatility can be heard on recordings with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Woody Shaw, Michel Legrand, Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, Bill Conti, Stan Getz, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart and Alicia Keys. He has performed with John Williams with the Boston Pops, and at the Super Bowl with Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle.
Arturo’s compositions can be heard in movies including “1001 to 1” starring Beau Bridges; “At Middleton” starring Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga; on Dave Grusin’s soundtrack for “Havana” and “Random Heart”; on the “Mambo Kings” soundtrack with his Grammy-nominated composition “Mambo Caliente”; and on the soundtracks of “The Perez Family,” “61,” “Mr. Wrong,” the documentary “Oscar,” and “The Family Fuentes,” among others. He also was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to compose the music for the ballets “Pepito’s Story,” “Soul Possessed,” as well as “Oman O Men” and “The Chocolate Hot Nutcracker,” choreographed by Debbie Allen.