Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
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Arturo O'Farrill has expanded the definition of Afro-Latin music. The pianist, composer and educator along with his band are world-class musicians playing jazz music that is exciting and listenable — and an unmatched live experience!  MORE INFORMATION

Arturo O'Farrill has expanded the definition of Afro-Latin music. The pianist, composer and educator along with his band are world-class musicians playing jazz music that is exciting and listenable — and an unmatched live experience! 

O'Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City performing with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. A 7-time Latin Grammy Award winner since 2016, Arturo has performed with written three ballets and music to major dance companies like the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. In 2020 Arturo’s weekly concerts with the 20-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, dubbed “Virtual Birdland,” topped the list of 10 Best Quarantine Concerts in the New York Times. 

In December 2010 O'Farrill traveled with the original Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra to Cuba, returning his father’s musicians to his homeland. He continues to travel to Cuba regularly as an informal Cultural Ambassador, working with Cuban musicians, dancers and students, bringing local musicians from Cuba to the US and American musicians to Cuba.

His well-reviewed and highly praised “Afro-Latin Jazz Suite” from the album CUBA: The Conversation Continues (Motéma) took the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition and the 2016 Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. His powerful “Three Revolutions” from the album Familia-Tribute to Chico and Bebo was the 2018 Grammy Award (his sixth) winner for Best Instrumental Composition. Arturo’s current album Four Questions (ZOHO) is the first to embody all original compositions, including the title track, which features the brilliant orator Dr. Cornel West.

He is the artistic director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance and Professor of Global Jazz Studies and Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and has been honored as a Steinway Artist for many years.  LESS INFORMATION

 

 

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