A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in 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 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 flugel horn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.
He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars performing with Celine Dion, at the Grammy Awards with Justin Timberlake and in his own right as a leader. He also performed at the Billboard Awards with Alicia Keys.
Sandoval has been awarded 10 Grammy Awards, and nominated 19 times; he has also received 6 Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award. The latter for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country” starring Andy Garcia. His two latest Grammy award winning albums, “Dear Diz “Everyday I think of you” and Tango “Como Yo Te Siento” are now available worldwide. Recently released, is a new book chronicling his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie entitled “The Man Who Changed My Life”. Arturo is also the 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Sandoval was a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning group Irakere, whose explosive mixture of jazz, classical, rock and traditional Cuban music caused a sensation throughout the entertainment world. In 1981, he left Irakere to form his own band, which garnered enthusiastic praise from critics and audiences all over the world, and continues to do so.
Sandoval is also a renowned classical musician, performing regularly with the leading symphony orchestras from around the world. Arturo has composed his own “Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra”, which can be heard on “Arturo Sandoval: “The Classical Album.” Arturo 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 classical artistry has earned him the respect and admiration from the most prestigious conductors, composers and symphony orchestras worldwide.
Arturo Sandoval’s versatility can be heard on recordings with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Woody Shaw, Michel Legrand, Bill Conti, and Stan Getz to Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart, Josh Groban and Alicia Keys amongst many others. He has performed with John Williams with the Boston Pops, and in the Super bowl with Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle.
His compositions can also be heard on Dave Grusin’s soundtrack for “Havana” and “Random Heart”, in the “Mambo Kings” soundtrack with his Grammy nominated composition “Mambo Caliente”, in the soundtrack of “The Perez Family”, “61”, “Mr. Wrong”, the documentary “Oscar”, and “The Family Fuentes” among of others.
He also was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to compose the music for the ballet “Pepito’s Story”, “Soul Possessed”, as well as “Oman O Men”, and “The Chocolate Hot Nutcracker, choreographed by Debbie Allen. And as mentioned above, he was awarded an Emmy for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country” starring Andy Garcia.Arturo Sandoval reaches beyond the scope of mere effort.
His struggles while in Cuba and since his defection have given him more energy and strength, urging him to accomplish and surpass his childhood dreams. Filled with a virtuoso capability, he desires nothing more than to share his gift with others who feel the same intense adoration for music as he does. One frequently speaks of Arturo Sandoval’s virtuoso technical ability or his specialty in high notes, but he who has seen him on the piano, lyrically improvising a ballad, or has had the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of his music, through his compositions from the most straight ahead jazz, Latin jazz or classical, knows that Arturo Sandoval is a prominent musician, and one recognizes that Arturo is one of the most brilliant, multifaceted and renowned musicians of our time.
Genre: Contemporary, Balad and Jazz
Price: $30,000 - $50,000
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Eternamente Manzanero. Performing the music of revered Mexican romantic pianist/singer/songwriter, Armando Manzanero, this is a true labor of love. Performing Senor Manzanero's music with co-headliner Jorge Calandrelli, the album is a fresh, modern and pleasant take on his beautiful bolero music. The production is immersed in a lounge atmosphere in which sensual rhythms are predominant and the instrumentation is never overly charged. The arrangements travel through diverse genres including jazz, bossa nova, and bolero, yet always conserving a refined and elegant esthetic. But most attractive are the two roles that Arturo Sandoval plays in this production; he not only shines as an unsurpassable performer on the trumpet and flugelhorn, but also reveals himself as a sensible crooner. It's not the first time Sandoval sings on a recording, but he has never dedicated an entire album to the expression of his voice in a romantic and intimate manner. The consistent unity of the quality, style and sound of Eternally Manzanero is the result of the collaboration between a great team of professionals. Amongst them we must bring attention to the brilliant work by Argentine composer and arranger Jorge Calandrelli, who co-produced, did all of the arrangements and also served as pianist throughout the album. Also a part of this outstanding team is the distinguished engineer Dustin Higgins, to whom we owe the exceptionally high level of mixing and mastering. The encounter of these two stars constitutes an event of transcendental quality: songs, interpretations, arrangements and virtuoso instrumentation.
UN SIGLO DE PASION'
Arturo Sandoval's Tribute to the Fuente Family. Winner of the Latin Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Album 2013.With all my heart , I am very proud and satisfied with the work I did dedicated to my best friend Carlito Fuente and his family. This is the celebration of one hundred years of tradition and dedication unmatched. Arturo Fuente, the best cigars in the world!!
2013 LATIN GRAMMY - BEST TRADITIONAL TROPICAL ALBUM
TANGO COMO YO TE SIENTO
Arturo Sandoval produces, directs and interprets one of the best Tango records in history: “Tango Como Yo Te Siento” (Tango, How I feel You). We have always heard of Arturo Sandoval the great Jazz musician, composer and pianist, but now, enchanting us with his grand musicality, he takes us to the Argentinean frontier. With this record he majestically interprets an incredible Tango record which highlights the most emblematic melodies as well as features phenomenal guests from this genre such as Maria Grana, Valeria Lynch, Julia Zenco, Fernando Soler, Guillermo Fernandez, Patricia Sosa , Raul Lavie, and the great accordionist, Nestor Marconi. Arturo, alongside these legends, makes this record a masterpiece filled with extraordinary interpretations and exquisite taste.It has always been a dream of Arturo’s to record a Tango album. This seed was planted from the time he was a very young boy in his birthplace of Cuba, he would see and hear his father listening and adoring this music. Sandoval took his passion to Buenos Aires and in conjunction with Mr. Jorge Fort, Argentinean musician and entrepreneur, they came up with the idea of making this record a reality, and adding to it a host of iconic Argentinian Musicians.We invite you on this superb and touching journey of delightful music. This album is no doubt one of the finest in this genre, where the ultimate respect for the original melodies and the grand finesse of the interpretations prove to us that we are truly in front of a rare gem not only in Argentinean music, but of all good music.
2012 LATIN GRAMMY - BEST TANGO ALBUM
DEAR DIZ (EVERY DAY I THINK OF YOU)
Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You) is Sandoval’s tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, the mentor and friend who literally rescued him and his family from an oppressive existence and gave them a chance at an entirely new and better life. The album is a collection of classics from Gillespie’s massive body of work, each framed in big-band arrangements that throw the spotlight squarely on the elements of bebop that underscore so much of the iconic trumpeter’s work and set the tone for the music of his era. Backing Sandoval on the project is a crew of top-shelf jazz artists: vibraphonist Gary Burton, Yellowjacket's leader saxophonist Bob Mintzer, organist Joey DeFrancesco, clarinetist Eddie Daniels, saxophonist Ed Calle, drummer/co-producer Gregg Field and several others. Also along for the ride are a couple of unlikely but well-placed surprises – actors Andy Garcia on percussion and vocalist Manolo Gimenez. The resulting set is, as Field puts it, is Sandoval’s “love letter to an old friend.”
TIME FOR LOVE
Trumpets blare, but they can also hush. That's the revelation in Arturo Sandoval's lush, strings-graced new album, "A Time for Love," a dinner-jazz gem that could be the zenith of his 20-plus-year recording career. An Afro-Cuban bebopper at heart whose torrid trumpet runs have been his signature, Sandoval changes course here to deliver long-toned lyrical ballads with a string orchestral backdrop and a fine quartet. He interprets several standards, including the Mandel-Mercer beauty "Emily" and Cole Porter's classic "Every Time We Say Goodbye" (featuring a soulful accompaniment by pianist Kenny Barron). But what differentiates Sandoval's excursion into reflective, slow-song territory from most other orchestral jazz projects is his expanded repertoire scope. With help from vocalist Monica Mancini, he gently colors Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion" and gorgeously delves into two classical pieces, one of them being Maurice Ravel's "Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte," originally composed for two hand-horns. To be faithful to the composer's vision, Sandoval enlists simpatico trumpeter Chris Botti--a smart move, given the latter's romanticism.--Dan Ouellette.
Stunningly sophisticated and elegant, the recording is titled after Sandoval’s newest nightclub in South Beach Miami. Rumba Palace displays plenty of fire, featuring ten new compositions that highlight the celebrated trumpeter’s Latin side.
With assistance from fellow Cubans Felipe Lamoglia on saxophone and EWI (electronic wind instrument), Tomas Cruz on percussion and Antonio Perez on keyboard, along with bassist Armando Gola and drummer Alexis Arce, Sandoval’s Telarc debut is an exciting and well-rounded recording. Sandoval leads this high-powered ensemble on a variety of diverse material, opening the album with “A Gozar,” a dazzling showcase for his lightning-fast runs and supercharged tone. Sandoval also shows off his virtuoso singing, with some help from Cheito, best known for his work with Gloria Estefan.
Sandoval’s remarkable range is evident as he tears through “El Huracan Del Caribe” and “21st Century.” The moody and graceful “Sexy Lady” is another brilliant display of his flawless technique. Other highlights include the affecting minor-key ballad “Peaceful,” the lyrical “Having Fun” and the exuberant “Nouveau Cha-Cha.”
2013 GRAMMY - BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE.
PERFORMANCE DAY CITY VENUE INFORMATION
Date Location Venue (click on venue name for more info)
Oct 9 Los Angeles, CA Inner City Arts Fundraiser
Oct 10-12 Honolulu, Hawaii Corporate Event
Oct 14/15 Quebec, Canada Arturo & his Canadian Friends
Oct 18 Washington, DC Smithsonian Fundraiser
Oct 21 Los Angeles, CA Tribute to Frank Mancuso Fundraiser
Oct 24&25 Tokyo, Japan w/ Makoto Ozone
Oct 30 Palo Alto, CA Oshman Family JCC
Nov 1 Bethlehem, PA Lehigh University Zoellner Arts Center
Nov 2 Rochester, NY Eastman
Nov 6&7 Spokane, WA Whitworth University
Nov 11 Basel, Switzerland w/ Dr. John
Nov 14 East Lansing, MI Wharton Center for the Performing Arts
Nov 15 Evanston, IL S.P.A.C.E.
Nov 16 Philadelphia, PA UPenn Zellerbach Theatre
Nov 28 - 30 Boston, MA Scullers Jazz Club
Dec 4-7 Washington, DC Blues Alley
Dec 23 Los Angeles, CA Walt Disney Concert Hall
Jan 9 '15 Miami, FL w/ Jazz Roots
Jan 23 '15 New Orleans, LA Contemporary Arts Center
Jan 25-Feb 1 Jazz Cruise
Feb 7 '15 Orlando, FL Bob Carr Theater
Feb 13 '15 Fort Lauderdale, FL Soloist at the Broward Center
Feb 14, '15 Coral Gables, FL Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens
Feb 28, '15 Germantown, TN Germantown Performing Arts Center
March 21, '15 Fountain Inn, SC Younts Center for the Performing Arts
May 16, '15 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre
May 22, '15 Austin, TX One World Theatre
May 30, '15 Rancho Cucamonga, CA Victoria Gardens Cultural Center