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Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: October 28, 1921 | Died: 2001

For over half a century, he was one of a pantheon of innovators who fused the soul-wrenching rhythms of African Cuba with the sweet harmonies of American jazz. Longtime admirers of the Latin jazz genre know O’Farrill as a master of sweeping, symphonic compositions that embraced his love of Debussy, Stravinsky, and the mambo; and as a bandleader who keeps alive the roar of a full dance band, as conductor of the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band, which played New York’s Birdland every Sunday night.

For much of his career he worked quietly in the background, crafting music that became a showcase for others: “Undercurrent Blues” for Benny Goodman; “Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite” for Charlie Parker and the Machito orchestra; “Trumpet Fantasy,” premiered at Lincoln Center in 1996 with soloist Wynton Marsalis; and more than 80 arrangements for Count Basie....
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Featured recording “Cuban Blues: The Chico O'Farrill Sessions”

Cuban Blues: The Chico O'Farrill Sessions

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    Chico's Cha Cha Cha

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    Super Chops

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    Latin Roots

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    Manteca / Hip Hug Her

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    Nine Flags

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    Mambo Latino Dances

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