By Kristi Kates
Born in Cuba, influenced by the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and now a naturalized U.S. citizen, jazz trumpeter/pianist Arturo Sandoval is bringing his Latin jazz/classical fusion to Mackinac Island for a performance thats sure to be a standout.
If you dont already recognize Sandovals music, you might recognize his personage from the 2000 TV movie For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, in which Sandoval was portrayed by actor Andy Garcia (whose co-stars in the film included Gloria Estefan and Scarface actor Steven Bauer.)
The movie told the story of Sandovals life up to his emigration to the U.S., as he became a fixture in Cubas jazz scene and solidified his own career. Sandovals mentor, Dizzy Gillespie (whom he is most often compared to), took the musician on the road with him early on for concerts in Cuba and across Europe.
His eclectic, fine-tuned musical stylings are part of why the Islands Grand Hotel chose Sandoval to help close the summer season and welcome in the hotels fall events.
LABOR DAY JAZZ
Sandovals co-headliners at the Labor Day Jazz Weekend event at the Grand include Kurt Elling, Christine Ebersole, Shout Sister Shout, Dave Bennett, The Hot Club of Detroit with special guest Cyrille Aimee, and the hotels own Alex Graham. The hotel is offering special packages for the weekend so that visitors can stay and take in the complete roster of musical performances, of which Sandoval will be a highlight.
We have had Arturo Sandoval at the festival before and his performance was outstanding and memorable, explains Grand Hotel Executive Vice President Ken Hayward. When we put our festival lineup together, we try to create an excitement that will convince past guests to return and also attract new guests as well. We are offering a weekend full of jazz performances, not one concert, so we need to put a lineup together that will keep guests entertained all weekend long.
Sandoval has a knack for keeping more than just his audiences entertained. Hes also a jazz musician who does more than merely jazz, having crossed over into pop, soul, and classics via his work with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Johnny Mathis, and the aforementioned Estefan, among others.
What I am looking forward to most is the unique style he will perform, Hayward says, he is playing Sunday afternoon, so after there have been so many performances already we are going to see something totally different from him than what we have enjoyed all weekend. We consider the 124-year-old Grand Hotel a legendary place - and he is certainly a legendary jazz artist.
Arturo Sandoval will be performing as part of the Grand Hotels Labor Day Jazz Weekend on Mackinac Island. For tickets, packages, and more info, visit the hotels website at grandhotel.com
State Theatre offers Afternoons at the Opera
The Metropolitan Opera returns with 10 live transmissions at the State Theatre this fall. With six new productions, plus Verdi, Handel and Glass, this is the fifth year of operatic spectacle in downtown Traverse City.
Tickets are available online, at the box office and by phone: 231-947-3446. $26 for adults, $24 for State Theatre and Met Opera Members, $22 for seniors 65 and over, and $18 for children and students.
This years lineup:
Donizettis Anna Bolena Oct. 15 at 12:55 pm
Mozarts Don Giovanni Oct. 29 at 12:55 pm
Wagners Siegfried Nov. 5 at noon
Glasss Satyagraha Nov. 19 at
Handels Rodelinda Dec. 3 at 12:30 pm
Gounods Faust Dec. 10 at 12:55 pm
The Enchanted Island Jan. 21 at
Verdis Ernani Feb. 25 at 12:55 pm
Massenets Manon April 7 at noon
Verdis La Traviata April 14 at