Arturo Sandoval is a jazz trumpeter and pianist who born in Cuba and defected to the U.S. in 1990.
Influenced by jazz legends Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, and Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval finally met Dizzy in 1977 and played with him at concerts in Europe and Cuba and, later, the United Nations Orchestra.
While in Cuba, Sandoval co-founded the band Irakere with Chucho Valdés and Paquito D’Rivera. They quickly became a worldwide sensation and were signed to Columbia Records after a legendary appearance at the 1978 Newport Jazz Festival introduced them to American audiences.
Sandoval left the group in 1981 to form his own band and work on a unique blend of jazz and Latin music. In addition to playing Latin jazz, he performed classical music with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London and the Leningrad Symphony in the former Soviet Union.
In addition to performing mainstream jazz, Sandoval has recorded as a sideman with Johnny Mathis, Gloria Estefan, Kenny G, Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra, and Dave Grusin. He has also played in concerts with Woody Herman, Herbie Hancock, Woody Shaw, Stan Getz, Céline Dion, Tito Puente, and recently with Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake.
In January 1995,Sandoval performed at the Super Bowl XXIX halftime show, with Patti LaBelle, Tony Bennett and the Miami Sound Machine, in a program entitled “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye”, to promote the upcoming Disney theme park attraction.
In 1997, he performed with Céline Dion at the 69th Academy Awards performing the song “I Finally Found Someone.”
Sandoval’s life was the subject of the 2000 TV film “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story,” starring Andy García.
Concord Records recording artist and 2005 double-Grammy nominee Monica Mancini, daughter of famed film composer Henry Mancini and the notable studio singer Ginny O’Conner Mancini, has carved out an impressive career as a concert performer, appearing with major symphony orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago Symphony, New York Pops, Boston Pops, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the London Metropolitan Orchestra.