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All-round music man

Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval will play the trumpet and piano and sing and dance at his gig here

Published on Aug 25, 2014 4:48 PM
Veteran trumpeter Arturo Sandoval received the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year and was described as an "astonishing trumpeter, pianist and composer" by US President Barack Obama. -- PHOTO: ESPLANADE

He was born in Cuba and is one of only four jazz musicians to be honoured with the American Presidential Medal of Freedom, but do not call veteran trumpeter Arturo Sandoval a "Latin jazz" musician.

"I love music, man," he tells Life! in a telephone interview from Miami, where he was on holiday. "When I went to London and recorded with John Williams for the concerto, I wasn't playing Latin jazz. When I was playing on Frank Sinatra's album, I wasn't playing Latin jazz. I don't want any kind of sticker, I really don't like that. When I write for movies, I am not playing Latin jazz."

As if to underscore his musical versatility, the 64-year-old multiple Latin Grammy award winner says that he will do more than just play the trumpets at his gig at the Esplanade Concert Hall on Wednesday.

"I'm gonna play some piano, I'm going to sing, I'm going to dance, I'm going to play some percussions, the trumpet, as many things as I can. My mission, as always, is to entertain the people, make them have a good time and enjoy themselves, that's the idea."

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Background story

"I'm so grateful and really excited and happy because there are only three jazz musicians in the history of the medal."

Arturo Sandoval on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Where: Esplanade Concert Hall

When: Wednesday, 7.30pm

Admission: $48, $68, $88 and $108 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to