THE CALIFORNIA JAZZ FOUNDATION
BENEFIT FUNDRAISER AT CATALINA JAZZ CLUB FEATURING ARTURO SANDOVAL AND
HIS BIG BAND
By Myrna Daniels, L.A. Jazz Scene - May, 2013
(Reprinted with permission of the Los Angeles Jazz Scene)
Here I am again
at Catalina’s for the third time in April, for another fantastic
event. Don’t say I don’t work hard! The non-profit CJF was organized
to help musicians in need, whether it’s financial, medical or the need
is counseling. Catalina’s was jam-packed with barely a spot left
anywhere. Fans came early for the cocktail hour on the patio.
was provided by the Keith Jones Trio, which made for a pleasant
ambiance. There were silent auction items to bid on and two men
rolling cigars and also a Patron Tequila photo booth set up to take
individual photos. After a while everyone was ready to go inside at
assigned tables. KABC 790 radio talk show host, Doug McIntyre, served
as Master of Ceremonies.
dinner was served quickly and efficiently by Catalina’s terrific wait
staff. Wine was served and people were relaxed as a video was shown
about the CJF. A young group from the L.A. County High School for the
Arts, The Night Route, played some selections for the audience. They
did very well. The President of the CJF, Edy Bronston, made some
remarks about the work that the CJF does for musicians.
was honored by the CJF for her service and hospitality to the jazz
community. She was introduced by Barbara Brighton, who heads the Young
Jazz Artist series which has been in place at Catalina’s for many
years. Catalina thanked the CJF and the audience for many years of
support the jazz community has given to her club. She also mentioned
her late husband, Bob, who helped launch Catalina’s Jazz Club more
than 25 years ago. A live auction was held by professional auctioneer
Mark Shustrin. He was really good at encouraging folks to bid for nice
prizes, such as tickets for a trip on Turkish Airlines and a Jazz
The audience had
been served dessert and they were more than ready for the finale,
Arturo Sandoval and his Big Band. Sandoval is one of the premiere
trumpet players in the U.S. as he is equally proficient playing
classical music as he is playing first-rate jazz. The evening revealed
his many talents, as a trumpeter, pianist, timbales player, vocalist
and joke teller.
The band began
with a very loud blast, before Sandoval lifted his trumpet to his
lips. “The Man I Love” was slow and sultry for a moment before it
exploded into a riot of “Dear Diz, Everyday I Think of You” which was
the title for the next tune and also the title of Sandoval’s new CD.
Dizzy Gillespie was his mentor and friend and Sandoval sang in a
heartfelt, soft voice. It was a totally touching homage to a departed
friend. “Dear Diz, you set me free.”
House” was a riot of colors, speed and energy and all the musicians
were on their toes, delivering a Latinized version of Dizzy’s famous
tune. Bob Sheppard played a spectacular sax solo as Sandoval played
timbales. Other gems included “Body and Soul” with Rusty Higgins
providing a fine solo. A Gordon Goodwin tune that (I think) was titled
“Maynard and Waynard” which had Sandoval and Bergeron as a duo in a
snappy arrangement and lots of fireworks from both trumpeters.
The audience was
going crazy with joy. It was a longish set and when Sandoval started
to scat and vocalize on “Oop pappa dop” well, that was just it! What
more can this man do? He played trumpet, timbales, played the piano,
told funny jokes between songs and totally captured a large audience.
Now he scats and sings like a champ? Sure he did. As Sandoval said, “I
play a lot of notes because I practice a lot!” That he does. What a
show, what a band! Arturo Sandoval is the complete showman!