Jazz great Arturo Sandoval to play Mahaffey

Jazz great Arturo Sandoval to play Mahaffey

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Legendary jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval plays The Mahaffey June 23.

ST. PETERSBURG – Legendary jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and his band will take the stage Friday, June 23, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg.

Tickets start at $39. Call 727-893-7832 or visit thema­haffe­y.com.

A 10-time Grammy winner, Sandoval was a protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie. He received an Emmy Award in 2006. In 2013, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town on 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 flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

Sandoval was a founding member of the Grammy-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 has been awarded 10 Grammy Awards, and nominated 19 times. He has also received six Billboard Awards. He was awarded an Emmy for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie “For Love or Country,” which is based on his life and starred Andy Garcia as Arturo.

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 & Orchestra,” which can be heard on “Arturo Sandoval: The Classical Album.” He 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, Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, 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 in the Super Bowl with Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle.

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