Arturo Sandoval at the Blue Note

Arturo Sandoval comes to the Blue Note on Saturday, April 15, at 6:30 and 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 16, at 3 p.m.

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Cuba on Nov. 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American jazz.  Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at 12, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. Sandoval has been awarded 10 Grammys and was nominated 19 times. He has also received six Billboard awards and an Emmy. The latter was for his composing work on the underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country,” which starred Andy Garcia as Arturo.  Sandoval was a founder of the Grammy award-winning group Irakere, whose explosive mixture of jazz, classical, rock and traditional Cuban music caused a sensation. In 1981, he left Irakere to form his own band, which has garnered enthusiastic praise from critics and audiences all over the world.

Tickets are $39 to $79.  Blue Note, 1030 Main St., Napa,


April 15 - Apr 16