A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo 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 flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.
Arturo Sandoval is in fact, one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time and he has been seen by millions on the Academy Awards Shows, at the Grammy Awards and the Billboard Awards.
“Born into poverty in Cuba and held back by his government, he risked everything to share his gifts
with the world. In the decades since, this astonishing trumpeter, pianist and composer has inspired
audiences in every corner of the world and awakened a new generation of great performers. He
remains one of the best ever to play.” –Barack Obama (presenting Arturo Sandoval The Presidential Medal of Freedom