Investor’s Business Daily has a nice article about Cuban jazz master Arturo Sandoval in their Leaders and Success series,
Arturo Sandoval Defied Castro To Become A Jazz Legend
Growing up in Cuba, Arturo Sandoval fell in love with jazz.
But he had two problems:
1. He was dirt poor and couldn’t afford music lessons.
2. The communist regime wouldn’t let Cubans listen to jazz, let alone perform it. Fidel Castro’s henchmen considered jazz “the music of the enemy.”
So Sandoval improvised, inventing his own genre of music that pleased the authorities and wowed audiences worldwide.
Read the full article.
Andy Garcia played Sandoval in For Love or Country. Here’s a clip showing how Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie met,