Afro-Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval returns to the Quick Center for the Arts


"He's one of the best ... He's got bull chops!" - Dizzy Gillespie

The legendary Cuban jazz master Arturo Sandoval returns to Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m.

A four-time Grammy winner, Sandoval is fluent in at least four musical languages. He can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, soar over a Mozart concerto and soothe his audience with a luscious ballad; with equal power and grace.

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval has 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. His early training in classical trumpet was great preparation for the versatility he displays today - playing easily with jazz, classical and popular musicians. He is the recipient of six Billboard Awards and was awarded 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.

Sandoval was granted political asylum in July 1990 and U.S. citizenship in 1999. He was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba and the struggles he encountered in Cuba and since his defection have given him the energy and strength to accomplish and surpass his childhood dreams.

Not only is his touring schedule a full one, Sandoval is a tenured professor at Florida International University. He also works nationally and abroad with innumerable institutions and their music departments offering several scholarships, exercise books, clinics and seminars, and has rendered a considerable amount of time working with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) educational program.

Tickets are $50, $45, $40 and are available online at fairfield.edu/quick or by calling the Box Office at (203) 254-4010. The toll free number is 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, please visit the website at fairfield.edu/quick.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 19, 2008

Vol. 40, No. 212