Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Presidential Medal of Freedom will go to Arturo Sandoval, Loretta Lynn, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton and a dozen others

Arturo Sandoval on trumpet, Jon Barnes
and Skip Martin at the Catalina

President Obama has named Jazz Giant Arturo Sandoval, Country Music Legend, Loretta Lynn, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton for “The Presidential Medal of Freedom”.

Fresh off of a European tour and daCarbo Jazz Festival, Arturo Sandoval has been name among the top nearly two dozen (16) recipients of The Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Created 50 years ago, the award is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to people who have made unique contributions to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors, US security, national interests and or to world peace.

Sandoval just recently performed at the Catalina Jazz Club (Aug. 2-3) with Skip Martin (Kool and The Gang) and jazz music master Jon Barnes. The European tour is also being filmed as a documentary.
(Arturo Sandoval pays tribute to his influence Dizzie Gillespie)

“It’s an honor to play with a genius in music and a musician, who has a heart of gold,” said Barnes after hearing about Sandoval’s Presidential Medal of Freedom Award.  “Music is a universal language and when we toured together, we held workshops at the daCarbo Jazz Festal.  Sandoval was an inspiration to students and took the time to talk to them one-on-one.”
(L-R) Buddy Princeton, Carlos Sanchez, Jon Barnes,
Aid Mayo and Luis Montilla on the red carpet at
Catalina Jazz Club, Hollywood with Arturo Sandoval
A musician of epic proportions, Arturo Sandoval is the protégé of Jazz trumpeter and one of Latin Jazz's musical founders, Dizzy Gillespie. A master of the trumpet and flugelhorn, Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at age 12, and has been recording for more than three decades. He has won four Grammy Awards and been nominated for 12 others in several categories including the 1978 Grammy for Best Latin album with the group "Irakere" (a Yoruba word for "forest") that he co-founded with Afro-Cuban piano virtuoso Chucho Valdés.

Sandoval, Skip Martin and Jon Barnes have been endorsed by daCarbo, which makes a-one-of-a-kind carbon fiber horns, giving a smoother jazz sound and weighing much less than the standard trumpets. Barnes has been endorsed by the US Postal Service for a commemorative forever stamp and collectible CD music of Miles Davis that Barnes produced and recorded.
(Skip Martin (former lead singer of Kool and the Gang above with
 Arturo Sandoval and Jon Barnes at the Catalina Jazz Club)

Barnes has also been endorsed by Monster Cable, who sponsored the daCarbo Jazz Festival, too. Jon Barnes will be playing music with Noel Lee at Monster Cable in Monterey Ca, Friday Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 16-18) at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (car show) in Monterey County. He will feature his hit song, That's Monster Love (Jon Barnes on Reverbnation).

Much like Jon Barnes and other jazz musicians, Sandoval is modest about his fame however, he's the first to recognize legends in the audience who come to hear him and his Arturo Sandoval, L.A. Big Band. When Sandoval was performing with Martin and Barnes, he took the time to spotlight Ray Anthony, Ray Anthony Band and Debbie Allen, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, who was dancing in the audience to a Kool and The Gang hit Song, “Get Down On It and “Ladies Night”, where fans were dancing to the music. Debbie Allen appears tonight (Sat., Aug. 10) in Santa Monica, CA at the Barnum Theater for the 11 Annual Tap Festival.

Sandoval is performing tonight at the Smith Center Club, Las Vegas, NV, (Tues. and Wed., Sept.13-14). A quick peek at Sandoval’s tour schedule reveals he believes in corporate social responsibility with quite a few fundraisers in helping various nonprofit causes.  For more about Arturo Sandoval visit: For more about Jon Barnes: and Skip Martin:

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