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

Arturo Sandoval playing trumpet (MAYO Communications)

Arturo Sandoval at the Catalina Jazz Club.

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

Fresh off of a European tour and daCarbo Jazz FestivalArturo Sandoval has been name among the top nearly three dozen (31) 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.

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Arturo Sandoval sings performs with skip Martin and Jon Barnes at the Catalina, Hollywood last weekend.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” said Obama
in a White House statement. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.”

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Arturo Sandoval with his big band at the Catalina Jazz Club last weekend.

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.

“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 Festival. Sandoval was an inspiration to students and took the time to talk to them one-on-one.”

All those piano lesson from you payed off! You da Man! — with Arturo Sandoval, Stefan Maier and Skip Martin.

Jon Barnes, Stefan Maier, Arturo Sandoval and Skip Martin. (photo by Erwald Krexnert)

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 has 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 horn, giving a smoother jazz sound and is lighter than the standard trumpets. Additionally, 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. Barnes has also been commissioned to write music for Sandoval’s L.A. Big Band, too.

MONSTER CABLE CD Miles Davis Stamp and Jon Barnes CD cover. (

Jon Barnes original music CD celebrates Miles Davis music and commemorative US Postal Stamps that are constantly in high demand at the your local post office. (see story to order online.

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

(check out Jon Barnes on Reverbnation).

Arturo Sandoval leads his LA Arturo Sandoval Band (

Arturo Sandoval leads his LA Arturo Sandoval Band.

Much like Barnes, Sandoval is a mentor and modest about his fame and he’s also the first one at concerts to recognize music industry legends in the audience who come to hear him and his Arturo Sandoval, L.A. Big Band.

Jon Barnes and Debbie Allen, Debbie Allen Academy.

Jon Barnes poses with Debbie Allen after Arturo Sandoval, Skip Martin and Barnes rocked the house. Allen was dancing to the music in a packed Catalina Jazz Club.

When Sandoval was performing with Martin and Barnes, he took the time to spotlight Anthony RayAnthony Ray Band and Debbie AllenDebbie 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 11th Annual Tap Festival.

Jon Barnes and Arturo Sandoval

Jon Barnes with Arturo Sandoval. Both played at the Catalina Jazz Club and participated in the daCarbo Jazz Festival. (image courtesy Jon Barnes)

Sandoval is performing tonight (Saturday, Aug., 10), at the Richmond Jazz Festival at Marymont, Richmond, VA.  On Monday, Aug. 12, he fly’s back to Rancho Cucamonga, CA for a fundraiser at the Chaffey College, then the Smith Center Club, Las Vegas, NV on 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: Follow him on Twitter: @SandovalArturo1. Follow Barnes @ThatsJonBarnes  and Martin: @SkipMartinMusic


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