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Arturo Sandoval to Score Cuba

Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval (pictured left) is once again bringing his dazzling, high-register trumpet yelps to the big screen. Sandoval is expected to supervise and/or provide all the music for the upcoming Hillcrest Entertainment film Cuba, a $30 million film that follows a Cuban family from 1950 to the present, concluding with a “dramatic and unique vision of Cuba’s future.”

Sandoval’s appointment as the film’s music director is particularly noteworthy because of his history with the Cuban government. Sandoval grew up and studied classical trumpet in Cuba, but he met resistance from Cuba’s government, which restricted him from appearing at various international jazz festivals. In July 1990, Sandoval defected from Cuba in the name of artistic liberty, and settled in Florida where he signed with GRP and cut hugely successful albums like Flight to Freedom, Hothouse and Americana. Sandoval was the subject of last year’s HBO film For Love of Country, featuring Andy Garcia.

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