CERRITOS, CA – One of the most celebrated trumpeters of our time, Arturo Sandoval returns to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) to perform on Friday, April 4, 8:00 PM. The winner of the 2007 Latin Grammy Award for “Best Latin Jazz Album” for his release Rumba Palace, Sandoval will perform music from the recording and from his Cuban, Jazz, and Classical repertoire. Tickets are now on sale at the CCPA Ticket Office, by calling (562) 467-8818 or at
. Ticket prices range from $52-$25.
ARTURO SANDOVAL is fluent in at least four musical languages. He can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a Bebop tune, soar over a Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart concerto, and soothe listeners with a luscious ballad, with equal power and grace. Granted political asylum in July 1990 and United States citizenship in 1999, Sandoval and his family now call Miami, Florida home.
A protégé of the legendary Jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949. 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 flügelhorn, as well as a renowned Classical musician, pianist, and composer.
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 praise from critics and audiences all over the world.
Sandoval has won four Grammy Awards, six Billboard Awards, and an Emmy Award, the latter for composing the entire underscore on HBO’s For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. More recently he was seen by millions on the 2004 Grammy Awards, performing with Pop-phenomenon Justin Timberlake, as well as on the 2004 Billboard Latin Music Awards with Alicia Keys, where he was awarded his sixth Billboard Award for “Best Latin Jazz Album.”
A tenured professor at Florida International University, Sandoval works nationally and abroad with several institutions, offering scholarships, exercise books, clinics, and seminars. In addition, he works with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ (NARAS) educational program. The Hal Leonard Corporation has released educational books with recorded CDs that include original exercises by Sandoval. The company also has published various big band, combo, and marching band charts from his award-winning albums.
Sandoval is also a renowned Classical musician, performing with leading symphony orchestras from around the world. He has composed his own Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra, which can be heard on Arturo Sandoval: The Classical Album. Also, he was asked by composer-conductor John Williams to record Williams’ original Trumpet Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra.
His versatility is showcased on recordings with everyone from Gillespie, Woody Herman, Woody Shaw, Michel Legrand, Bill Conti, and Stan Getz to Johnny Mathis, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart, and Keys. Sandoval’s playing also can be heard on Dave Grusin’s soundtrack for Havana, on the Mambo Kings soundtrack with his Grammy-nominated composition Mambo Caliente, and on the soundtrack of The Perez Family. Sandoval was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to compose music for the ballet Pepito’s Story, choreographed by Debbie Allen.
Tickets are now on sale for Sandoval’s performance at the CCPA. For tickets or more information, call (562) 467-8818 or go to
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