Arturo Sandoval On His Presidential Medal of Freedom

Arturo Sandoval is one of our very finest jazz musicians. While he is known mostly for his trumpet artistry, he is also an accomplished pianist, vocalist, and percussionist. Since his 1990 defection from Cuba, he has become a national treasure. He has been nominated for 19 Grammy’s winning 9 times, 4 of them in 2014 for his CD "Dear Diz, (Every Day I Think of You)".

He is also nominated for 2 Latin Grammys in 2015.

He has won 6 Billboard awards and he won an Emmy for composing and playing on the score for the HBO movie that told his story “For Love or Country” starring Andy Garcia.

We are very proud to present this exclusive Conga TV interview with Mr. Sandoval as he tells us what his freedom in the United States means to him.






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Mr. Sandoval has played with many of the greatest artists of our time including Johnny Mathis, Gloria Estefan, Kenny G, Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Celine Dione, Tito Puente, and of course Dizzy Gillespie. The list goes on and on.

Sandoval spent much of his early life in a struggle for freedom from the communist regime in Cuba. 

A testament to the opportunities to be found in our United States, his later life has seen tremendous success both artistically and as a gentleman who supports his family and friends, his community, and his adopted nation. 

Now his life is most often a celebration of freedom. 

From his first album in the United States “Flight to Freedom” to “Americana”, and even his very recent Grammy winning “Dear Diz, (Every Day I think of You)”, Mr. Sandoval is constantly expressing his love for freedom, for his family, for Dizzy Gillespie, the artist he credits for saving his life, and the United States.















In recognition of his contributions to our national heritage, Arturo Sandoval was awarded the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor our nation can offer a civilian.  Sandoval joins Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Count Basie as one of the only 4 jazz artists to ever receive this honor.

Very impressive company indeed.













In our interview, Mr. Sandoval is introduced by Dr. Ed Calle, a professor of Business Music at Miami Dade College, who plays Sax with Arturo in many of his shows.

Ed is the current King of Carnival Miami 2013, a music educator, and an accomplished musician who has played on over 1200 albums with artists such as Gloria Estefan, Frank Sinatra, Jon Secada, Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, and many, many more.










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We saw Arturo's performance at the Festival Miami 2013 presented by the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.  It was a terrific show and a very nice, intimate venue.  Festival Miami is one of the nation's premier Jazz festivals presenting 20-30 shows each October.  Visit them here to learn more.

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