Arturo Sandoval

One of Cuba’s premier jazz musicians, Arturo Sandoval was born in Artemisa, Cuba, and studied classical trumpet at the Cuban National School of the Arts. In 1977 he met his idol, Afro-Cuban jazz pioneer Dizzy Gillespie, and joined Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra. Later, Sandoval formed his own band and grew to resent the restrictions placed on him by the Castro government. He defected to the U.S. and moved to Miami in 1990.