Saturday, March 10, 2007

Interview with Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval knows what Dizzy Gillespie liked about Cuban music. "Dizzy was one of the most musical (people) I have ever known," he says by telephone from Miami, where he lives. "He appreciated the rhythm of Cuban music. He enjoyed that very much."

Gillespie's major introduction to Latin music came from Mario Bauza when both were in Cab Calloway's band. Gillespie explored how African rhythms influence the music of the Caribbean. He found ways to fuse the music of Cuba with the bebop jazz that he had helped to create.

That fusion would later be called Afro Cuban jazz, which Sandoval will bring to the Morris Performing Arts Center today during a performance with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.
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