At Edmonds Center for Arts this weekend: Arturo Sandoval and Seattle Men’s Chorus

Arturo Sandoval

We know it’s only Monday, but here are two Edmonds Center for the Arts events worth putting on your calendar for the coming weekend:

On Friday, savor the many flavors of jazz with Arturo Sandoval. Sandoval, who began studying classical trumpet at age 12, can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, soar over a Mozart concerto and soothe with a luscious ballad. 

A protégé of the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz.  He has won four Grammys, six Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award, the latter for his composing work on the underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country” starring Andy Garcia.  His versatility can be heard on recordings with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Bill Conti, and Stan Getz to Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart and Alicia Keys.

On Saturday, the Edmonds Center for the Arts becomes a pre-World War II cabaret when Seattle Men’s Chorus presents “Life is a Cabaret” at 7:30 p.m.  Returning to ECA for a third season, Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) will be joined by special guests The Love Markets featuring Angie Louise and Nick Garrison, and Spectrum Dance Theater to present this richly varied concert which powerfully highlights life in Germany before the Nazi era. 

Tickets for both shows are available online at or by phone at 425- 275-9595.

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