Jazz Legend Sandoval: Music ‘Keeps You Alive’
He has performed at many local venues, most recently at Small World Coffee in Princeton earlier this month. The latest of his eight albums, Ready or Not, released earlier this month, will be the focal point of tonights show at the Panther Pub in Hackettstown. The award-winning jazz guitarist has a knack for commercially ready music. His latest album is his first go at a full-out, straight-forward jazz project. I finally feel like I have something to say in this genre and am competent enough to play it, Lenz says in his record release statement.
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Jazz Music in the 1920s
Sandoval was born and raised in Cuba, where he was once jailed just for listening to jazz music. So he packed up his trumpet and moved to the United States. A country he says gave him the freedom to fill the air with his music. Here’s what the president said about him at the ceremony. (SOUNDBITE OF CEREMONY) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Today, Arturo is an American citizen and one of the most celebrated trumpet players in the world. There isn’t any place on Earth where the people don’t know about jazz, he says.
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Louis Armstrong: Finding himself a mentor in Joe King Oliver, Armstrong shot to fame as a legendary cornet and trumpet player. A staunch supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in America, Armstrong’s skills were renowned all over with the fact of him being the best jazz soloist of his time. His wife, Lil Hardin, also a famous jazz pianist, urged him to join Fletcher Henderson, who ran the show at that time in major dance balls across New York, and had collaborated with the likes of Don Redman and Benny Carter. A pioneer in scat singing (includes vocal concoctions with random words), Louis Armstrong set behind a legacy and was duly recognized for it. Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington’s presence in the 1920s was prominent, and he led an eventful career as an established composer of the 20th century. His band, ‘The Washingtonians’ were regular performers at Club Hollywood, which later changed to Club Kentucky, and the venue was a host for jazz lovers and the swing scene.
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