10 time Grammy Award Winner
6 time Billboard Award Winner
Emmy Award Recipient
2015 Hispanic Heritage Award Recipient
Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama
Well, that’s no mean achievement and Arturo Sandoval proved why he is a recipient of these laurels.
The jazz fraternity of Mumbai made its way to the Tata Theatre on 29th November 2019 to witness the legend perform for the first time in India. The packed house witnessed a masterclass. Not only did Arturo regale the crowd with his music but also with his friendly jibes aimed at his band members and also the audience.
The virtuoso of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, Arturo was just as dynamic and vivacious on the piano, timbales, vocals and keyboard. His short rendition on ‘SaReGaMa’ caught the crowd unawares and also showcased his knowledge of Indian music.
(pic Arturo Sandoval)
A protégé of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo charmed the crowd the moment he set foot on stage. The rest of the evening was spent leaving them awestruck. Apart from the trumpet, he performed on keyboards, drums and even sang the odd bit.
It took him awhile to make his maiden India tour but in the end the wait was worth it. Not since Dizzy Gillespie’s concert have the Indian jazz lovers witnessed an artist of this stature.
Apart from displaying his technical ability, specially, in high notes, Arturo improvised a ballad while playing the piano. The set list for the night was drawn up with a mixture of jazz, Latin jazz or classical, Afro Cuban jazz and bebop.
The 70 year old decorated musician gave the Mumbai audience a night they won’t forget for a long time.
Music : 5/5
Sound : 5/5
Ambience : 5/5
WOW Factor : Arturo’s mastery of multiple instruments