Cuban-born trumpet sensation Arturo Sandoval will perform June 29 at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. In a phone interview with Mackinac Center Science Editor Bruce Edward Walker, Sandoval discusses his experience with artistic censorship, his views on Cuba’s health care system and his thoughts on what American citizenship means to someone who has experienced government oppression firsthand.
Since defecting to the United States in 1990, Sandoval has recorded many albums, including his most recent, the 2007 release “Rumba Palace,” on the Telarc label. He has won four GRAMMY awards, six Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award. Rumba Palace also is the name of Sandoval’s second music club, in South Beach, Fla., which opened in February. He opened his first club, the Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club, last year in Miami Beach.
In this interview, Sandoval expresses the same passion for liberty that he brings to his music.