Johnny Sandoval
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APRIL 04, 2013
Spotlight On - Johnny Sandoval

‘Istanblu’ by percussionist Johnny Sandoval has a title that explains basically all you need to know about this funky, sometimes extravagantly jazzy track. It reflects the experiences that Johnny's gained while touring in Istanbul, Turkey for three months and playing in Turkish Flamenco band Istwest. Of course those in the know will make the connection between Sandoval and Greg Adams’ recent creation East Bay Soul, in which Johnny has a pivotal role. His own band, @conga, provides music that has been described elsewhere as a blend of international rhythms, jazz, and melody.

In fact ‘Istanblu’ is the first single from the debut self titled CD by this feisty collective that comprises artists with whom Sandoval regularly works, most often in the Los Angeles area.

Trumpeters Chris Tedesco, Greg Adams and fellow East Bay Soul band member Lee Thornburg and are joined by sax-men George Shelby, Glen Berger, and Ed Wynne. Jim McMillen weighs in on trombone while the band is further complemented by guitars from Mike Romo, Fino Roverato, Bobby Solakov and Alfredo Caceres, the bass of Rene Camacho and Keith Jones plus Bernie Dresel on drums. - Smooth Jazz Therapy

Albums by Johnny Sandoval


Released Dec. 13, 2012

Skin & Bones 2:40
Listen to songs like Johnny Sandoval — Skin & Bones
African Sea 4:52
Listen to songs like Johnny Sandoval — African Sea
Los Inmigrantes 4:37
Listen to songs like Johnny Sandoval — Los Inmigrantes
Solea De Helena 2:41
Listen to songs like Johnny Sandoval — Solea De Helena
Buleria Americana 5:09
Listen to songs like Johnny Sandoval — Buleria Americana
Mad Tango 4:54
Listen to songs like Johnny Sandoval — Mad Tango
Via Almeria 2:19
Listen to songs like Johnny Sandoval — Via Almeria
Istanblu 4:26
Listen to songs like Johnny Sandoval — Istanblu
Rio Mcboogie 7:49
Listen to songs like Johnny Sandoval — Rio Mcboogie
Trinidad Cruiser 5:17
Listen to songs like Johnny Sandoval — Trinidad Cruiser - Raditaz Radio

New Music From DoctorfunK, Johnny Sandoval, and Los Blues Plus New Playlist
Songs from two new albums are in our current rotation. DoctorfunK’s new release “Second Opinion” and Johnny Sandoval’s “@ Conga”. We have also added a few songs from the 1971 (out of print) release of Los Blues self titled “Los Blues” recording.
About DoctorfunK’s Second Opinion-The follow-up release, “Second Opinion” introduces fresh new original material in a modern presentation that is rooted in the classic soul sound.
Tower of Power alumni Jeff Tamelier produced and collaborated on the material, along with Roger Smith and Prarie Prince who makes a guest appearances.
DoctorfunK is poised for a place in all of our music collections of the finest in soul and funk music. Listen for them on your local radio stations and watch for upcoming performances in your area as well.
Old School in the New Millennium is here to stay. So if music is your medicine, make an appointment with DoctorfunK for your “Second Opinion” - Horn Driven Radio


Skin & Bones
African Sea
Los Inmigrantes
Solea De Helena
Buleria Americana
Mad Tango
Via Almeria
Rio McBoogie
Trinidad Cruiser



Johnny Sandoval

Johnny a native of Miami, Arizona was introduced to music by his family who migrated to the USA from Almeria, Spain. Having a cousin who danced Flamenco with Charro and the Jose Greco family, and uncles who maintaind a Swing/Mambo/Rumba/ band, Sandoval began his career at a young age. He started playing bongos and continued to hone his skills as a multi-talented musician, songwriter, and recording artist. His new album entitled @conga has a unique blend of Salsa, Flamenco, Funk, Rock, Middle Eastern, Brazilian, Classical and Jazz and will be available in January 2013!
Sandoval cherishes everyone he plays with and his opportunities to travel the world sharing talents with many wonderful artist and audiences. Some key credentials include recordings and performances with Greg Adams, Tom Scott, Arturo Sandoval, Brandon Fields, Ron King, Michael Paulo, Chuchito Valdez, Ry Cooder, Jim Keltner, David Foster, Phil Perry, Wally Minko, Smokey Robinson, Tom Breckline, Bernie Dresel, Joey Heredia, Lenny Castro, Herman Mathews, Justo Amarillo and thankfully many more!