Jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Courtesy of artist

The La Jolla Music Society closes its 46th season Saturday with a Latin jazz doubleheader — Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and Mexican-American conga player Poncho Sanchez.

Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band open the evening, bringing their fiery stew of straight-ahead jazz, gritty soul music combined with infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources.

Sandoval takes to the stage after intermission to showcase his virtuosic talents. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve and has since evolved into one of the world’s most-acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn.

Both artists are proteges of famed American jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

The performances begin at 8 p.m., May 16, at the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego.

Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band. Photo by Devin DeHaven
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