Jazz Caliente: The Art of Arturo Sandoval

Sep 15, 2017

Cuban trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist Arturo Sandoval returns to Seattle this week, playing Dimitriou's Jazz Alley Thursday 9/14 through Sunday 9/17. 

Arturo Sandoval first studied classical trumpet, then turned to jazz.  In his live shows, he radiates the joy of music, much like his mentor Jazz Master Dizzy Gillespie.

Recognized for his fiery trumpet playing,  Sandoval is also an accomplished pianist and percussionist, and he's been known to sing a song or two.  His list of awards includes ten Grammys, an Emmy and a 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

But don't refer to his music as "latin jazz." 

"Latin, what is that?  It's a language you hear in church.  The music is Afro-Cuban Jazz, that's where it came from," he explained in an interview several years ago.  "The origin is African and Cuban," he insists.

Arturo was recently interviewed by Jon Batiste for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, see it here.

We'll have him in for a live Studio Session on Friday at 12:15pm, and listen for Arturo Sandoval playing piano on this week's Saturday Jazz Caliente. 

Here he is leading a huge band for the CancerBlows benefit concert in 2015.  

Jazz Caliente airs Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.  The show is hosted by Robin Lloyd and produced by KNKX Public Radio.