With four Grammys and 12 nominations to his credit — as well as numerous other awards — jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval stands as one of the most celebrated artists of his time.
Those who haven't yet had the chance to hear Sandoval in a live concert can catch him next weekend at the Eccles Center in Park City, along with his regular band, consisting of piano, bass, drums, percussion, saxophone — and, of course, trumpet.
"The only thing I can tell you (about the concert) is that I try my best," Sandoval said by cell phone from Miami. "That's the only thing. I'm going to try to make people have a good time, and that's it.
"The rest — just close your eyes and let the music transport you to the universe of sounds."
For Sandoval, that universe can be pretty big.
Originally from Havana, Sandoval started down the jazz path after hearing and meeting Dizzy Gillespie. "Dizzy Gillespie is my hero, my biggest influence," said Sandoval. "I was so lucky. We met, and I played with him so many years."
In fact, Gillespie was at Sandoval's side when, in 1990, Sandoval took a chance and applied for political asylum at the U.S. Embassy in Rome.
His story was made into an HBO movie, "For Love or For Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story," starring Andy Garcia, and Sandoval said he liked the project because it was his first opportunity to write a full movie score.
And he won an Emmy for his effort.
His most ambitious trumpet-playing project, however, was his most recent CD, "Trumpet Evolution," Sandoval said. "It's 19 different songs representing or paying tribute to the 19 most-influential trumpet players that ever lived. Different compositions, different approaches, different sounds, different instruments, even different eras. . . . Thank God the record came out very good."
Sandoval said that he expects to go into the studio again later this summer for a new CD. In the meantime, he stays busy, teaching full-time at Florida International University and keeping up a full touring schedule.
"It's a privilege to be able to do it," he said.
If you go . . .
What: Arturo Sandoval
Where: The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
How much: $15-$50
Phone: 355-2787 or 1-800-451-2787