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Sound the Trumpet 

Wednesday, Dec 11 2013

"Born into poverty in Cuba and held back by his government, he risked everything to share his gifts with the world." The words of Barack Obama filled the White House last month when he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation's highest civilian honor – to trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, who defected to the United States in 1990. Sandoval's fans, Obama among them, are always drawn to Sandoval's ability to swing high and low with his instrument. One minute, on a song like "Eastern Blues," you'll hear a patter of sounds that takes off in rapid succession, as if Sandoval is channeling the great spirits of jazz past and present. Another minute, on a song like "Rhythm of Our World," Sandoval slows it down to a level of satisfying introspection (then revs it back up again). It's all there, which is why Sandoval has won 10 Grammy Awards in a career that is still going strong. Sandoval's SFJAZZ appearance is a chance to see the magic up close.

Sat., Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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