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 to world peace.
“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.”
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.
Sandoval 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.
Sandoval is modest about his fame and is 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 For more about Arturo Sandoval visit: http://ArturoSandoval.com.
Jon Barnes, who has been endorsed by Monster Cable, headed the daCarbo Jazz Festival tour and workshops. Barnes is set to play 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). Follow Jon Barnes on Twitter: @thatsjonbarnes, on Facebook (http://goo.gl/fl7E7C)
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