6 November 1949, Artemisa, Havana, Cuba. Starting out as a student of classical trumpet, Sandoval quickly turned to jazz and during the 70s attracted worldwide attention not only for the technical brilliance of his playing but also through the exhilarating Latin influence of his work. He was a founding member of the Orquestra De Música Moderna, which evolved into Irakere. This band performed to great acclaim, winning a Grammy in 1979. After leaving Irakere in 1981, Sandoval led his own bands and appeared as a soloist at festivals and major venues around the world. In July 1990 he defected to America during a European tour. Although mostly engaged in jazz he has also pursued his early interest in the classical form through performances with symphony orchestras in the USA, UK, France and Russia, recording his own Concerto For Trumpet with the London Symphony Orchestra for BMG/ RCA Records in 1994.
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