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Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – A New Perspective
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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 10/25/2007 at Symphony Space.

Harkening back to the days when mambo was king, Arturo O'Farrill's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra brings the power of the big band to greatest hits, including Machito's "Mambo America," Tito Puente's "Mas Bajo," Mario Bauza's "Sambia" plus music by rising stars Dafnis Prieto, Papo Vazquez and Tom Harrell.

+ About the Artists

Arturo O'Farrill (pianist and educator and musical director of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra) was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Educated at the Manhattan School of Music and the Brooklyn College Conservatory, Arturo played piano with the Carla Bley Big Band from 1979 through 1983. He then went on to develop as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Papo Vazquez, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, and Harry Belafonte.

In 1995, Arturo agreed to direct the band that preserved much of his father's music, Chico O'Farrill's Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, which has been in residence at New York City's Birdland for the past few years as well as performing throughout the world.

Besides recording three albums as a leader for Milestone Records, 32 Jazz, and M & I (Bloodlines, A Night in Tunisia, and Cumana Bop), Arturo has appeared on numerous records including Habanera with Alberto Shiroma, and the soundtrack to the critically-acclaimed movie Calle 54. Arturo was a special guest soloist at three landmark Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts: Afro-Cuban Jazz: Chico O'Farrill's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, November 1995; Con Alma: The Latin Tinge in Big Band Jazz, September 1998; and the 2001 Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala: The Spirit of Tito Puente, November 2001.

As part of Symphony Space’s education program, Arturo O’Farrill is one of six artists participating in our Curriculum Arts Project (CAP) in Latin American Studies. CAP integrates the arts as part of social studies classes for New York City public school children in grades 2-12. In March 2002, he was also the featured artist in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz in the Schools Tour, when he led a Latin jazz quintet for 24 educational performances that reached over 5,000 people throughout NYC metropolitan schools.


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