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Arturo Sandoval refuses to perform with Castro propagandists
babalublog ^ | August 24, 2011, | Alberto de la Cruz

Posted on 08/24/2011 2:22:09 PM PDT by The Bronze Titan

Arturo Sandoval with be performing along with singer Omara Portuondo and other members of the Buena Vista Social Club this Wednesday at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. However, the trumpet player emphatically rejected any possibility of performing together with the artists from the island because of ideological differences.

"Since I left Cuba, I do not present myself as artist who represents Cuba," Sandoval said in an interview with the AP. "We may be in the same program, but we are not together. Period. I will do my show in my own way, and they will do theirs."

When asked if he would perform at least one song with Buena Vista, Sandoval replied: "Absolutely not. We represent two completely different things... I advocate and defend human rights, total liberty for everyone, and above all, democracy. Omara and the band that is coming, and above all Omara -- we worked together for many years in Cuba and I know her very well -- represent the government of Cuba."

Sandoval and Portuondo have shared a stage in the past. "We did many things together in Cuba," the trumpet player said. "Remember that I started playing in Cuba when I was 11 years old, and I left when I was 40," he said in the interview without giving any more details.

The musician, who is 61, has been living in the U.S. since 1990 after defecting in Greece during a tour with his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie.



TOPICS: Cuba; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arturosandoval; cuba; sandoval; trumpet
Arturo Sandoval, one of the best trumpet players in the world. His story, and how he escaped Cuba, was featured in the movie "For Love or Country", Cuban-born actor Andy Garcia played the role of Arturo Sandoval.

I recommend the movie to everyone, it's a great picture.

1 posted on 08/24/2011 2:22:14 PM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: The Bronze Titan

Viva Arturo!


2 posted on 08/24/2011 2:27:09 PM PDT by Califelephant
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To: Califelephant

Cuba si! Castro no!


3 posted on 08/24/2011 2:31:06 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: The Bronze Titan

Great movie.


4 posted on 08/24/2011 2:34:49 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: The Bronze Titan

Andy Garcia was also in “The Lost City” which is another excellent movie.


5 posted on 08/24/2011 2:35:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I love Andy Garcia, and so forgive him for being in Godfather III.


6 posted on 08/24/2011 2:38:26 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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It's sad that Canada's Jack Layton NDP, didn't outlive both his ideological fathers, Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.
7 posted on 08/24/2011 2:43:04 PM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: The Bronze Titan
Castro and Company wasn't particularly too good to Arturo nor was The Clinton Regime very help full in his immigration.
8 posted on 08/24/2011 2:43:04 PM PDT by oyez ( America is being pimped.)
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To: oyez

That movie showed that essentially Cuba was like Thereisienstadt, when American celebrities came to visit. They would trot out their musicians and show them how happy they were, and how free they were to play their music....but the moment they left...the government put the clamps down and forced them to play only the government sanctioned music.


9 posted on 08/24/2011 2:46:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: The Bronze Titan

I bet commie Harry Belafonte was lead in the group.


10 posted on 08/24/2011 2:46:33 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: pyx

Layton outlived Guevara chronologically by 43 years and agewise by 22 years.


11 posted on 08/24/2011 2:59:12 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: dfwgator
play only the government sanctioned music

That's the only way the Commie / Socialist system can exist. Everybody plays from the scores that concertmaster hands out. There is no id lib, improvisation or jammin' allowed. That kind of stuff makes the Conductor obsolete.

12 posted on 08/24/2011 3:07:14 PM PDT by oyez ( America is being pimped.)
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To: wideawake
Thanks. I guess I presumed it was a given that people knew that Che Guevara was dead. Deservedly executed. Unfortunately Che didn't suffer enough, imo. In Spanish, the word 'both' is translated as ambos and actually means, both. I hope I don't have to explain why Che Guevara and Fidel Castro were and are murderous Marxists and that their ideology of Marxism is responsible for the slaughter of one hundred and fifty million human beings last century.
13 posted on 08/24/2011 3:38:18 PM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: The Bronze Titan

I once got to meet Arturo at a Jazz concert at Western Illinois University and he IS a stand-up guy. God Bless you Arturo.


14 posted on 08/24/2011 4:19:05 PM PDT by teletech (Say NO to RINOS!)
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To: trisham
I love Andy Garcia, and so forgive him for being in Godfather III.

What sin did he commit by doing this?

15 posted on 08/24/2011 4:28:40 PM PDT by Misterioso (The worst law is better than bureaucratic tyranny. (Ludwig von Mises)
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To: The Bronze Titan

newsflash: Sandoval was a member of the communist party in Cuba, as was his wife and his parents. He was one of the elite, living in a huge house in a choice neighborhood, with a car...
A great musician. I liked him then and I still like him, but hard to take his number seriously.


16 posted on 08/24/2011 5:12:38 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: dfwgator
Ummm, it was and remains a concentration camp, but not im the sense of fooling anyone who doesn't want to be fooled and the music isn't changed it's always under govt control.
17 posted on 08/24/2011 5:17:06 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Misterioso

He and Joe Mantegna were ok in Godfather III, Sofia Coppola.....uhhhhhhh, not so much.


18 posted on 08/24/2011 5:18:57 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: oyez

Actually, Cuban music is full of improvisation, and always has been. The control isn’t over how you play but more who gets to play it.


19 posted on 08/24/2011 5:20:09 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: teletech

But if you had seen him all over Europe prior to 1990, you would have beard him making propaganda for Castro, constantly.


20 posted on 08/24/2011 5:22:47 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo

So.....It’s easy to leave Cuba when you have nothing to lose....this guy had everything to lose by leaving Cuba. It’s obvious he couldn’t go on living the lie anymore.


21 posted on 08/24/2011 5:25:53 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: The Bronze Titan

hola, Maceo,
For those interested in a newer, younger, form of Cuban music in exile, I recommend Juan- Carlos Formell & Johnny’s Dream Club, who will be at the Monterey Jazz Festival on Sept 16. Juan-Carlos is the son of the most famous person in Cuba (next to Castro) but he escaped to come here and start a new life from nothing.
It’s a riveting story and wonderful music that you can find at these links: www.myspace.com/johnnysdreamclub and www.myspace.com/formell.


22 posted on 08/24/2011 5:35:48 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: dfwgator

I don’t know to whom you are referring when you say it’s easy to leave when you have nothing to lose.
It’s never easy to leave your family, friends and the only life you know. Arturo had an easy time in Cuba, as a member of the elite, and came here to a red carpet rolled out for him by Dizzy Gillespie, with a record contract waiting for his signature, and the cover of jazz magagines.
Juan-Carlos had no one and nobody waiting for him or helping him when he got here, so I wouldn’t call that easy.


23 posted on 08/24/2011 5:50:18 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo

Tks, I will look that up!


24 posted on 08/24/2011 8:11:28 PM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: The Bronze Titan
Un patriota al principio de la libertad es mas honorable que un serviente al gobierno tiránico de su tierra natal..

Trans: A patriot to the principle of liberty is more honorable than a servant of a tyranical government of his native land..

25 posted on 08/29/2011 5:24:25 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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