Arturo Sandoval and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra
ARTURO SANDOVAL, TRUMPETER, was born in Artemisa, Cuba, in 1949. A protégé of Dizzy Gillespie, he began studying classical trumpet at the age of 12 and has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn. Arturo has been awarded ten Grammys, and been nominated 19 times; he has also received six Billboard Awards, an Emmy Award and the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was a founding member of the Grammy award-winning group Irakere, which Arturo left in 1981 to form his own band, with which he has garnered enthusiastic praise all over the world. Arturo is also a renowned classical musician, pianist and composer. He has performed with the foremost orchestras domestically and abroad, composed his own “Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra,” and recorded John Williams’ Trumpet Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra. Arturo’s versatility can be heard on recordings with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Woody Shaw, Michel Legrand, Josh Groban, Bill Conti and Stan Getz, to Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart and Alicia Keys, amongst many others. He has performed with the Boston Pops, and in the Super Bowl with Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle.