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Arturo Sandoval Cancels Plans to Open Jazz Club in Miami

Earlier this month it appeared Miami would have a new jazz venue in Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts until the proposed club’s namesake, Arturo Sandoval pulled out earlier this week.

The Miami-based Cuban trumpeter was also to serve as curator of the club, but Sandoval told the Miami Herald that “it’s not the best moment to take this risk” because of basic goods’-specifically food and fuel’s-rising costs.

Sandoval previously owned and operated a club in Miami Beach’s Deauville Hotel for two years until he closed it in March. He told the Herald he’s not closing the door on future club endeavors, just this one for now.

Arsht Center officials said they will try re-negotiating with Sandoval, the Herald said.

In early June, the Herald reported that Sandoval and Arsht Center had an agreement in principle that would pay Sandoval $3,000 a month to be the club’s artistic director and namesake.

Sandoval’s manager, Melody Lisman, said the money was for scouting and recruiting talent to play at the club, as well as other expenses.

Negotiations also broke down due to disagreements in how to promote and operate the club, Sandoval said. According to the Herald, Arsht saw the club as a late-night destination, attracting patrons from other performances in Arsht’s concert hall and opera houses.

“It has to be its own cultural destination,” Sandoval told the paper.

That desire stems from the Grammy-winner’s time running Deauville’s Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club. Sandoval said his most rewarding moments were when people would thank him for offering a venue in Miami to play and listen to jazz, the Herald reported.

“Emotionally and morally, I feel obligated to defend jazz music,” he said. “I learned to play the horn listening to Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry James, Chet Baker, Miles Davis … all those big people who I owe so much to.”

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