On Tuesday, November 8th, The Blue Smoke and Jazz Standard in New York City heated up the cold autumn night with the sounds of Arturo Sandoval, legendary trumpeter and composer. The sounds of Sandoval’s signature Latin Jazz will kicked off Acceleration: LIVE! The concerts, which will also include a performance from the iconic B-52s in December, will take place on the east coast, with dates scheduled for New York and Boston with more locations, and artists, to come.
In the midst of a busy schedule that includes a cross-country tour, Arturo Sandoval was excited to make a stop on the Epilepsy Therapy Project’s stage. He said, "I'm very blessed to be able to help this great organization for this noble cause.” In addition to his philanthropic work with ETP and the NARAS educational program, Sandoval is multi-time Grammy recipient, composer, and tenured professor at the Florida International University. Throughout his illustrious career, he has been sought after as a collaborator and composer. He has worked with artists from Justin Timberlake to the London Symphony Orchestra, performing on stages across the globe, recording several critically acclaimed albums, writing music method books, and inspiring countless people with his story. Born in the town of Artemisa, in Communist Cuba, Sandoval defected to the United States becoming an American citizen in the 1990’s. This decision has given him the strength to succeed, his biography says. It tells of Sandoval’s character saying, “His struggles while in Cuba and since his defection have given him more energy and strength, urging him to accomplish and surpass his childhood dreams.” His inspiring life story was told in the award-winning HBO docudrama For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story starring Andy Garcia. The film highlighted his personal obstacles in Cuba, and his rise to success through the mentorship of the legendary Dizzy Gillespie. Naturally, Sandoval composed the soundtrack.
The Epilepsy Therapy Project was jazzed to have Mr. Sandoval join them as the first musical guest of Acceleration: LIVE! concert series. These music events are in support of ETP’s programs including the New Therapy Commercialization grants program, their website, epilepsy.com, and the upcoming Epilepsy Pipeline Update Conference in February 2-4, 2012. Our mission is to accelerate new therapies for the three million people in America; the 50 million people worldwide who struggle with epilepsy, and the millions of those whose seizures are currently uncontrolled.