lunes, 9 de septiembre de 2013

Jazz Legend Arturo Sandoval

Jazz Legend Arturo Sandoval
To be Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama
Washington, DC— Arturo Sandoval will be awarded this year the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.  “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” said President Obama in a statement. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.”

“Without freedom, there is no life.   I had the distinct honor of having experienced not only liberty, but also a rebirth, the day I landed on US soil, knowing that I was finally free from suffering in a regime which has no respect for human rights.

Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom is an immense honor for me, and I corroborate that I feel blessed to live in this wonderful nation that I love.

I would like to pay my deepest respect and gratitude to the President of the United States for such a distinct and incredible honor.  I am also extremely humble to be in the company of such remarkable and extraordinary honorees.

Since coming to this country I have humbly received countless demonstrations of admiration and respect for my work, to which I am forever grateful.  Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom has not only brought me tremendous happiness, but more so, a renewed obligation, motivation and propulsion, to continue to work as hard as I ever have, with further commitment to serve this great nation, a nation that welcomed me with opened arms, embraced me and ultimately adopted me.

Once again, I’ll fill my lungs, and scream from the bottom of my heart louder than ever,“God Bless America”!” – Arturo Sandoval
A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 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 twelve, 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.

He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars performing with Celine Dion, at the Grammy Awards with Justin Timberlake and in his own right as a leader. He also performed at the Billboard Awards with Alicia Keys.

Sandoval has been awarded 9 Grammy Awards, and nominated 17 times; he has also received 6 Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award. The latter for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country” starring Andy Garcia.  His two latest Grammy award winning albums, “Dear Diz “Everyday I think of you” and Tango “Como Yo Te Siento” are now available worldwide. Soon to be released, is a new book chronicling his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie entitled “The Man Who Saved Me”.

Arturo Sandoval’s versatility can be heard on recordings with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Woody Shaw, Michel Legrand, 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. 

Arturo Sandoval reaches beyond the scope of mere effort.  His struggles while in Cuba and since his defection have given him more energy and strength, urging him to accomplish and surpass his childhood dreams. Filled with a virtuoso capability, he desires nothing more than to share his gift with others who feel the same intense adoration for music as he does. One frequently speaks of Arturo Sandoval’s virtuoso technical ability or his specialty in high notes, but he who has seen him on the piano, lyrically improvising a ballad, or has had the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of his music, through his compositions from the most straight ahead jazz, Latin jazz or classical, knows that Arturo Sandoval is a prominent musician, and one recognizes that Arturo is one of the most brilliant, multifaceted and renowned musicians of our time.
"A Mis Abuelos" recorded in 2008 with All Stars of Latin Jazz

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