In 1977, legendary musician Dizzy Gillespie visited Cuba in search of the nations jazz scene. He needed someone to take him to the smoky clubs and side streets to find the true beating heart of soul-stirring Afro-Cuban rhythms. When a young trumpeter offered to lead the tour, Dizzy readily accepted. He had no idea he was in the presence of his future protégé, until Arturo Sandoval hit the stage and bust out one of his extraordinary trumpet grooves. Since defecting in 1990 while on tour in Spain, Sandoval has won four Grammys, performed with Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys, and been the subject of an HBO film based on his life. But Cubas loss is a big gain for the Miami Symphony Orchestras Festival Miami and Season Opening Concert. The Latin jazz legend will headline the monthlong music fests special concert this Sunday for the world premiere of Carlos Rafael Riveras Concierto de Miami for Trumpet and Orchestra. The symphony will also perform Beethovens Symphony No. 7 in A Major and Ravels Boléro. Hear the trumpet virtuoso at 8 p.m. at the Arsht Centers Knight Concert Hall. Tickets cost $20 to $150. Call 305-275-5666 or visit themiso.org.
Sun., Oct. 24, 8 p.m., 2010