Arturo Sandoval Interview Page 4
Jazz Monthly: Yeah, (Laughing) thanks for reminding me that first of all: it’s a little cold out, it’s a little windy… hey Arturo, are you ready to play the National Anthem, and just to remind you there are forty million people watching you. (Both laughing)
AS: Oh, my lord, I’m going to tell you yes, my knees were shaking. (makes sound effects) (Both laughing)
Jazz Monthly: Hey Arturo, was it also, I mentioned that you are a proud United States citizen, and with the way that America has embraced you and loves you, was it also an emotional moment, besides the chops and the cold. Was it also emotional for you to play the national anthem?
AS: Absolutely, its not the first time I played it, I played it many times before, but its always very emotional because you know, as you say, I never try to add any notes or any kind of scale or this or that. I believe the National Anthem deserves all of the respect when you play those things you must, you should play the melody as is, and this is exactly what I always do every time I play the Anthem: I play just the melody, straight, with dignity, with good sound, and with the best of your emotion.
Jazz Monthly: The key word that you said Arturo was respect, respect and reverence for this country that you love and this country that loves you!
AS: I owe so many things to this country because sometimes I believe when I was forty-one years old… I was forty-one when I got here, and I’m here already for 19 years which means I’m sixty years old. My kids grew up here, my grandchildren were born here and I am so grateful to America and I’m going to die in this country and I am very happy to be an American citizen and I love America.
Jazz Monthly: Arturo, and we love you. Before we leave, I just want to say something that you’ve said. It’s kind of a quote and I think this is a great way to end this beautiful interview. You said something like “My philosophy has always been that I love music… period. I don’t want to be remembered as a Jazz trumpeter, I’d like to be remembered as a man who loved music because: I like to play piano, I like to compose, I like to do all of those things as much as I like to play the trumpet.” Those were your words.
AS: Absolutely, one-hundred percent and I back that up.
Jazz Monthly: Yes, because its not just about you picking up the horn and showing how fast you can play – all of those cascading notes. One thing I did notice that you do beautifully though, is that you hold back and then when you need to do it, you let it erupt – like a volcano!
AS: I think you have to go with the flow; you have to go with the kind of intensity of the music and the kind of music that you are playing. You cannot extract your playing and take it out of context of the music. Whatever you are playing should go with the style, should go with the dynamic of the piece.
Jazz Monthly: When I saw you at the Iridium and the Blue Note, one thing I really liked was your showmanship, and you know what, it reminded me of Dizzy a little bit, you know, the way you go back and forth…
AS: He’s my teacher. He’s my teacher, man. (Laughs)
Jazz Monthly: Yes, you go back and forth with the audience, playfully, with humor, you know.
AS: when you are on the stage you have to be grateful and you have enjoy yourself and let everybody know you are having fun.
Jazz Monthly: Absolutely, and you sure do Arturo, and you make us have a lot of fun too.
AS: I try… I try. (Laughing)
Jazz Monthly: You sure do, Arturo.
So in closing, I just want to say thank you so much for sharing.
AS: You’re very, very welcome, and thank you because you make wonderful questions and it was very nice and I enjoyed myself doing this.
Jazz Monthly: Thank you for the gift of music that you share from God to all of us Arturo.
AS: As a mission we came to earth to do it.
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