Arturo Sandoval, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval

A JazzApril story

“Oh my goodness, no. I can’t remember the first record album that I bought.

But the first jazz record that I ever heard was by Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Oh, yeah. That was my very first encounter with jazz. I had never heard any jazz before, and, my goodness, that record made the biggest impression on me that I’ve ever had in my life.

Before that, I had only heard Cuban traditional music because I grew up in the middle of the countryside on the island. And when somebody played for me the Dizzy and Charlie Parker album, I thought, ‘Oh, wow. What is this?’

And I’m still trying to figure it out. All these years later, it still sounds so fresh.”

Charismatic Cuban trumpeter and composer Arturo Sandoval leads his high energy Latin jazz band into Proctors in Schenectady at 8pm on Friday (April 5). Tickets are $20, $25, $30, $35 & $40.

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One Response to “Arturo Sandoval, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?”

  1. Roger Noyes says:

    This has to be one of my favorite “first album” posts.

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