Cuban-born jazz trumpeter and composer Arturo Sandoval, a 10-time Grammy Award-winner who plays with an unbeatable mix of fire, finesse, and feeling, brings an unforgettable evening of jazz and Latin music.
WHERE: Meridian Arts Centre – George Weston Recital Hall
WHEN: Saturday, April 29 – 8:00 pm
ADRESS: 5040 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
TICKETS: $45.00 – $90.00 plus applicable fees
Arturo Sandoval – trumpet, flugelhorn
Maxwell Haymer – Piano
William Brahm – Guitar
Daniel Feldman – Percussion
Maximilian Gerl – Bass
Michael Tucker – Sax
Mark Walker – Drums
“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.” —President Barack Obama
Awarded the Medal of Freedom in 2013 by President Obama, Sandoval, who’s equally fluent in jazz, classical, and Cuban musical expressions, was a protégé of the late, great bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Heard on recordings by artists as diverse as Gillespie, Sinatra, and Alicia Keys, Sandoval soars when he’s performing live with his band.
YouTube Video – Arturo Sandoval at Meridian Arts Centre in Toronto
About Arturo Sandoval
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 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 flugelhorn, 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, Grammy Awards, and Billboard Awards. Sandoval has been awarded 10 Grammy Awards and nominated 19 times; he has also received six 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, which starred Andy Garcia as Arturo.
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.