Arturo Sandoval: Happy, with a heart full of music

Trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios on January 13. Photo by Justin Steyer.

By Kevin Kniestedt & Justin Steyer


“If you’ve got music in your heart, you’re gonna be a happy person, no matter what.”

That’s what trumpeter Arturo Sandoval told me, as he recalls growing up in rural Cuba and having a trumpet teacher tell him (at age 10) that he had no talent and should not pursue music.

Obviously, Sandoval, who is now known as one of the world’s foremost jazz trumpeters, didn’t listen to the teacher and it’s a pure delight to hear him tell the story in this latest installment of KPLU’s Studio Sessions.

Along with his band (pianist, Mahesh Balasooyria, saxophonist, Zane Musa, bassist, John Belzaguy and drummer, Johnny Friday), Sandoval blew us away by performing two solo-heavy musical selections: There Will Never Be Another You and Clifford Brown’s Joy Spring.

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6 Replies to “Arturo Sandoval: Happy, with a heart full of music”

  1. Wow! Hearing the testimonials just bring the faubolus memories, spirit and love back. Seeing John Santos with his baby just reminds me of the character, integrity and just REAL nature of the faculty who are grammy nominees, world travelled and sooooooo far above in their art that they literally touch spirits with God . . . as SOON as they pick up their instruments or exhibit their gift(s). It’s like going to the musicians’ promised land . . . love u Jazz Camp West and ALL who have embraced my art.

  2. We’re meeting fenirds at Folklife at 3:30 pm today (Monday) so your prediction of drying out by 2-3 pm makes me very happy! We do expect it to rain at least some at Folklife; we went Saturday from 7:30-10:30, and true to form, light drizzle started around 9:30 and then it picked up a bit until about 10:15, when it got lighter again. Who cares? Folklife is still fun with some rain as it’s rarely cold enough this weekend to be truly uncomfortable. 🙂 We’ve only had one year (2009, I believe) without measurable rain during Folklife in the 14 years I’ve been going, so it seems normal to have at least some. Folklife has many indoor venues and I enjoy the “thinning of the herd” that happens when it starts to rain at the festival….

  3. hi, i bought one just like this in onarigil condition back in 83, same color, same everything, but i have heavily modified mine now, chopped, new foundation, disc brakes, 302 boss mustang engine, just about finished, i love it.

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