“The Cuban-born trumpeter’s celebration of mentor and influence Dizzy Gillespie captures the puffed-cheeked original’s ebullient essence without stating the obvious. Sticking close to the Gillespie script Sandoval oozes technical facility and flamboyant upper register flourishes. But the arrangements are imaginative and fresh minted.” — Financial Times
Arturo Sandoval’s December concert, co-presented by 92Y and World Music Institute, will be a special tribute to his teacher and mentor Dizzy Gillespie. A protégé of the legendary jazz master, his 2012 album Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You) earned Sandoval his 10th Grammy Award. Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, in 1949—just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. The two met when Gillespie visited Havana in 1977, when Sandoval took the opportunity to play trumpet for his hero, and remained close until Gillespie’s death. “I always considered that a gift from God — to be able to meet and become a close friend of your hero,” Sandoval said. Today, Sandoval remains one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist, and composer. A dynamic and vivacious performer, Sandoval is also the 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Date: Friday, December 2, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Venue: 92nd Street Y
Address: 1395 Lexington Ave
Tickets: $65, $55, $45, $25
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