Not only is Arturo Sandoval a very very good trumpet player, he is also a superb pianist and and very talented at scat.

I didn't know who he was last week, but saw him in a concert yesterday at Mechanics Hall. He played trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, sang and scatted, during which he imitated a standup bass solo - his vocal range is as impressive as his trumpet range!

He played all swing songs, not a single Latin song. Apparently he is sick of playing Latin, as that is all people in Miami (where he lives) will listen to.

According to the flyer passed out at the concert, he was born on November 6, 1949 in Havana, and was granted political asylum in July 1990. He studied under Dizzy Gillespie.