Kai Sandoval recently began his M.M. in jazz studies at the New England Conservatory by means of a full-tuition merit based scholarship. In Spring of 2012, he completed his B.M. at the conservatory with the aid of a full-tuition scholarship.
Living in Boston, he plays all styles with an emphasis on jazz and lead trumpet. He has studied under Ralph Alessi, John McNeil, Laurie Frink, Luis Bonilla, Arturo Sandoval, Jerry Bergonzi, Wayne Bergeron, Steve Emery, Wayne Naus, and Tiger Okoshi.
In the time spent traveling and performing, Sandoval has performed with many well known artists such as Clem Curtis, Elio Pace, Randy Weston, Miguel Zenon's Quartet, Bum Soo Kim, Jason Moran's "Band Wagon", Michael Davis, Rick Baptist, Jiggs Whigham, Sal Lozano, Arturo Sandoval, John Clayton, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, The Wayne Shorter Quartet, Tiger Okoshi, Wycliffe Gordon, Don Byron, Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Owen, Harry Watters, and the Boston Brass.
His full-time projects include:
8 Feet Tall (funk/hip-hop)
Whet and Whitney (Whitney Houston/80's pop)
...as well as lead trumpet for NEC Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Composers' Orchestra.
On the side, Kai has arranged and recorded horns for Danny Pease and the Regulators, The Alchemystics, Jass Bianchi, Alisa Apreleva, and other local projects.