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Nine-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval to take the stage at Rosch
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nine-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval to take the stage at Rosch

Nine-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval takes the stage of Rosch Recital Hall on Nov. 11 with his legendary jazz trumpet. Tickets are sold out for the concert but a master class on Monday at 1 p.m. in Rosch is open to the public and free. Tickets for the master class are available at the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office. 

One of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, Arturo Sandoval’s talent runs vast and deep. A protege of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, he has been seen by millions at the Oscars performing with Celine Dion, at the Grammy Awards with Justin Timberlake and in his own right as a leader. He also performed at the Billboard Awards with Alicia Keys.

Sandoval has been awarded nine Grammy Awards, and nominated 17 times. He has also received six Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award.

Sandoval brings his legendary talent to the SUNY Fredonia School of Music for three days of activities. The main event is his sold-out performance on Monday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall. Sandoval will be performing an eclectic program of Latin jazz with a small combo of professional musicians hand-picked from the faculty and greater-Buffalo area: SUNY Fredonia faculty Bruce Johnstone (saxophone) and John Bacon (drums), special guests Bobby Jones (keyboard), Jeff Campbell (bass) and Wendell Rivera (percussion). The evening will include an appearance by the Fredonia Latin Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Bacon. 

Reflecting Sandoval’s commitment to educating and inspiring future generations with his passion for jazz of all styles, he will also give a public master class Monday at 1 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall.  Three student groups will perform for Sandoval, and he will work with them on aspects of performance, technique, and musicianship. The master class is free and open to the public, however tickets are required and are available at the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office. 

A rare opportunity to meet the legendary Latin jazz trumpeter will take place in the community on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Dunkirk Boys and Girls Club. The meet and greet is free and open to the community, part of the nine-time Grammy artist’s three-day residency at SUNY Fredonia.

The residency with Arturo Sandoval has been made possible thanks to a generous gift from Hodgson Russ, LLP.

When asked about the significance of this residency, Director of the School of Music Karl Boelter noted, “Our interest in the music of many cultures makes the School of Music want to explore and to stretch, and to make sure our students do too. All music is vital, and Arturo Sandoval makes this crystal clear. He can do everything -- jazz, Latin, classical, and more -- and he inspires his audience with a virtuosity and energy that is delightfully contagious."

John Bacon, director of the Fredonia Latin Jazz Ensemble and music coordinator for the Sandoval residency, believes experiences such as these can be life changing for students and professionals alike. “Whenever I have had the opportunity to play with master musicians, people whose influence in music is wide and undisputed, I have gained deeper insight into what I am trying to do and how to accomplish it. Musicians like Arturo are a beacon for the rest of us to follow. But we have to navigate our own waters and use the inspiration toward our unique goals. This is what I hope the students gain. Inspiration, yes! But, event more, a light on our path to guide us and show the way.”

A protege of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on Nov. 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 flugel horn, as well as a renowned classical artist, 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 enthusiastic praise from critics and audiences all over the world, and continues to do so. Sandoval is also a renowned classical musician, performing regularly with the leading symphony orchestras from around the world  Arturo has composed his own “Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra,” which can be heard on “Arturo Sandoval: “The Classical Album.” Arturo has performed with the foremost orchestras in the country as well as abroad and recorded John Williams’ Trumpet Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra. His classical artistry has earned him the respect and admiration from the most prestigious conductors, composers and symphony orchestras worldwide.

Sandoval’s versatility can be heard on recordings with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Woody Shaw, Michel Legrand, Bill Conti, and Stan Getz to Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart and Alicia Keys, amongst many others. He has performed with John Williams with the Boston Pops, and at the Super Bowl with Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle.

His compositions can also be heard on Dave Grusin’s soundtrack for “Havana” and “Random Heart,” in the “Mambo Kings” soundtrack with his Grammy-nominated composition, “Mambo Caliente;” in the soundtrack of “The Perez Family,” “61,” “Mr. Wrong,” the documentary “Oscar,” and “The Family Fuentes,” among of others. He was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to compose the music for the ballet, “Pepito’s Story,” “Soul Possessed,” as well as “Oman O Men,” and “The Chocolate Hot Nutcracker," choreographed by Debbie Allen. He received an Emmy for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country,” starring Andy Garcia.

Further details about the residency event are available at the School of Music website,, or by calling Jennifer Darrell-Sterbak at (716) 673-3686.

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