Trumpet Great Sandoval turns 67 Today
Arturo Sandoval, one of the great trumpet players, was born this day in 1949 in Artemisa, Cuba.
According to Wikipedia, the Sandoval, while still in Cuba, was influenced by jazz musicians Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, and Dizzy Gillespie, finally meeting Gillespie in 1977. Gillespie became a mentor and colleague, playing with Arturo in concerts in Europe and Cuba and later featuring him in The United Nations Orchestra. Sandoval defected to the United States of America in Spain, while touring with Gillespie in 1990, and became a naturalized citizen in 1999.
Sandoval's life was the subject of the 2000 TV film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. Sandoval has been awarded 10 Grammy Awards. He has also received six Billboard Awards and one Emmy Award. On August 8, 2013, President Barack Obama announced that Arturo Sandoval would be a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Sandoval's albums feature more than 200 of his own compositions and arrangements, including A Mis Abuelos, which received Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Arrangement. This composition was featured on his Grammy award winning album Danzon. Other highlights from Sandoval's discography featuring his compositions include: Dear Diz Every Day I Think of You (2012), Live at the Blue Note (2005), Rumba Palace( Grammy 2007), and Hot House (Grammy 1998).
Here he is with a live version of Caravan.