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Arturo Sandoval Arturo Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small village in the province of Havana, Cuba on November 6, 1949. Arturo started playing music at age 13 in the village band, where he learned the basics of music theory and percussion. After playing many instruments, he finally settled on the trumpet.

In 1964, he began three years of serious classical trumpet studies at the Cuban National School of Arts and by the age of 16, he earned a place in the country's all-star national band. By this time, he was totally immersed in Jazz with Dizzy Gillespie his idol. Drafted into the military in 1971, Sandoval was able to play with the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna and continued his daily practice regimen, an absolute must for trumpeters.

Arturo Sandoval After his discharge, he co-founded Irakere, which became Cuba's most important Jazz ensemble, with saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera and pianist Chucho Valdes. They quickly became a worldwide sensation, and their appearance at the 1978 Newport Jazz Festival in New York introduced them to American audiences and resulted in a recording contract with Columbia Records.

But Arturo Sandoval was in search of new musical possibilities and he left the group in 1981 to form his own band. He continued to tour worldwide with his group, playing a unique blend of Latin music and Jazz, and also as a classical trumpeter, performing with the BBC Symphony in London and the Leningrad Symphony in the former Soviet Union.

Arturo SandovalSandoval's talent has led him to associations with many great musicians, but perhaps the most important was with Dizzy Gillespie, a longtime proponent of Afro-Cuban music, whom Sandoval calls his spiritual father. The two musicians met in Cuba in 1977 when Gillespie was playing impromptu gigs throughout the Caribbean with saxophonist Stan Getz: "I went to the boat to find him. I've never had a complex about meeting famous people. If I respect somebody, I go there and try to meet them."

Because of the political situation in Cuba, the country was isolated from American musicians for nearly twenty years and during this first trip back, Dizzy wanted to visit the black neighborhoods where musicians play guaguanco and rumba in the street. Sandoval offered to take Gillespie around in his car, and only later that night when he took the stage with Gillespie did Sandoval reveal himself as a musician.

Arturo Sandoval Their friendship remained strong until Dizzy's passing in 1992. Both men continued to play and record together regularly. It was while touring with Gillespie's Grammy Award-winning United Nation Orchestra in Rome in 1990 that Sandoval requested political asylum.

Thanks to the efforts of Dizzy and then Vice-President Dan Quayle, Arturo Sandoval was able to resettle in Miami. He became a full professor at Florida International University and soon recorded his American debut "Flight To Freedom" on GRP. Arturo was featured on Dizzy's Grammy winning "Live At Festival Hall" recording with the United Nation Orchestra in 1992 and later that year, he did his second GRP album, "I Remember Clifford," his tribute to trumpet legend Clifford Brown.

His other GRP recordings include: "Dreams Come True," a collaboration with Michel Legrand, the Grammy winning Danzon, Arturo Sandoval and The Latin Train, and more recently, "Swingin'." Like Wynton Marsalis, Arturo has a parallel career as a classical performer. His recording, "The Classical Album," features trumpet concertos by Hummel and Mozart, as well as his own "Concerto For Trumpet and Orchestra." He continues to perform with symphonic orchestras worldwide as well as conduct clinics for eager students.

Arturo has lectured at the Conservatoire de Paris, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the Soviet Union, the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of Miami, the University of Wisconsin, Purdue University and at many other institutions all over the world. Currently, he holds a full professorship at Florida International University in Miami.

Arturo has also written and performed on several film soundtracks including "The Perez Family," "The Mambo Kings" and "Havana." Like all musicians, Arturo Sandoval spends most of his time on the road. When asked about having such a rich life in music, he reports that "I'm blessed. Can you imagine making your living doing what you love? I came from a very poor family from the middle of nowhere and could never imagine I would be able to do the things I have done. God has been good to me."

Discography
2003 From Havana With Love
2003 Trumpet Evolution
2001 My Passion for the Piano
2001 L.A. Meetings
2000 Ronnie Scott's Jazz House
1999 Americana
1998 Hot House
1996 Swingin'
1996 Just Music
1995 Arturo Sandoval y el Tren Latino
1995 Arturo Sandoval & the Latin Train
1995 Concerto
1994 Cubano
1993 Dream Come True
1993 Danzon (Dance On)
1992 I Remember Clifford
1991 Flight to Freedom
1988 Straight Ahead
1986 Tumbaito
1986 No Problem
1983 Breaking the Sound Barrier
1982 To a Finland Station

Box Set/Compilation
2004 Rediscovery on GRP
2004 Very Best of Arturo Sandoval
1998 No Problem/Just Music
1997 The Best of Arturo Sandoval
1997 Best of Arturo Sandoval [Import]

Video
2004 Jazz Legends: Live Brewhouse Theatre 1992

Also Appears On
2003 61* [Box Set]
2003 Latin Jazz Christmas
2003 The Lost Sessions
2002 Colors of Latin Jazz: Mambo Mania!
2002 Latin Jazz: La Combinación Perfecta
2002 Made in Cuba, Vol. 2
2002 Montuno
2002 Ritmo de la Noche/Rhythm of the Night: The Very Best of Latin Jazz
2002 Smoking Jazz
2002 The Very Best of Latin America
2001 61* [Original Soundtrack]
2001 Absolutely the Best of Jazz
2001 El Ultimo Adios (The Last Goodbye)
2001 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story [Score]
2001 Playboy's Latin Jazz Christmas: A Not So Silent Ni
2000 Art and Life
2000 Art and Life [Clean]
2000 Art and Life [Japan Bonus Track]
2000 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story
2000 For the New Millennium Preview Sampler
2000 Jam Miami: A Celebration of Latin Jazz
2000 Mance
2000 N-Coded Music 2000: Music for the New Millennium [Sampler]
2000 Sax Under The Clouds
2000 Smooth and Straight
2000 The Colors of Latin Jazz: Sabroso!
2000 The Mambo Kings [2000 Original Soundtrack]
2000 Viva Cubop!, Vol. 2: Dance the Afro-Cuban Way
1999 Cuban Revolucion Jazz
1999 De Hombre a Mujer
1999 The Heart of a Legend
1998 Cuba Libre
1996 A Night at Ronnie Scott's, Vol. 5: The Ballad Album
1996 Mr. Wrong
1995 A I Got No Kick Against Modern Jazz
1995 A Night at Ronnie Scott's, Vol. 2
1995 Afro-Cuba
1995 GRP Christmas Collection, Vol. 2
1995 Latin Jazz [Nascente]
1995 Swing Love
1995 The Perez Family
1994 Acoustic Jazz
1994 Cartagena,Antonio
1994 Sound of the Trumpets
1994 South Beach
1993 Sound the Trumpets
1993 We're All in This Together: Group AIDS Benefit
1992 GRP 10th Anniversary Collection
1991 The Mambo Kings [1992 Original Soundtrack]
1987 A Night at Ronnie Scott's, Vol. 4
1986 A Night at Ronnie Scott's, Vol. 3
1982 To a Finland Station
1979 Cool Sounds from a Hot Club, Live at Ronnie Scott's
1978 A Night at Ronnie Scott's, Vol. 1
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