Video: Kurt Elling on Collaborating with Arturo Sandoval

The singer/songwriter tells the story of how he and the Cuban trumpeter wrote "Bonita Cuba"

Kurt Elling who will headline at 2018 PDX Jazz Festival
Kurt Elling performing at Fred Taylor Scholarship benefit concert at Berklee Performance Center (photo by Kofi Poku)

Singer Kurt Elling’s 2015 album Passion World features a ballad called “Bonita Cuba,” which was co-written with Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval (who also plays on the track). In this video, Elling describes how a chance event—the two musicians being assigned rooms next to each other on the Jazz Cruise—led to this collaboration.