Arturo O'Farrill

2015 Grammy Nominee & 2014 Latin Grammy Award Winner Arturo O'Farrill, an Winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. In 2002, Mr. O'Farrill and Wynton Marsalis created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for Jazz at Lincoln Center due in part to a large and very demanding body of substantial music in the genre of Latin and Afro Cuban Jazz that deserves to be much more widely appreciated and experienced by the general jazz audience. His debut album with the Orchestra “Una Noche Inolvidable” earned a GRAMMY award nomination in 2006. Educated at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, Mr. O'Farrill 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 Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte.

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”That he's a great pianist and bandleader is without question, but Arturo O'Farrill is also a critical thinker, a wit, a virtuoso modernist who knows how to have fun onstage. His late father, the pioneer Cuban bandleader Chico O'Farrill, left a daunting legacy. But O'Farrill honors that by seeking new possibilities.” – The Village Voice

“Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is one of the best jazz orchestras in existence, a powerhouse outfit whose precise section work is enhanced by thrilling soloists.” – The New Yorker

“Mr. O’Farrill has honed the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra to handle dizzyingly complex music with earthy joy.” – The New York Times

“[T]he Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra [is a] remarkable New York institution.” – The New York Times

“If there is such a thing as a first family of Afro-Cuban jazz, the O’Farrill clan has a right to claim that distinction.” – The New York Times

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Albums

Offense of The Drum
Offense of The Drum
Motema Music
2014
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Final Night at Birdland
Final Night at...
Zoho Music
2013
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The Noguchi Sessions
The Noguchi Sessions
Zoho Music
2012
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40 Acres And A Burro
40 Acres And A Burro
Zoho Music
2011
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Risa Negra
Risa Negra
Zoho Music
2009
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In These Shoes
In These Shoes
Zoho Music
2008
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Videos

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