Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Latin Jazz - Big band
Arturo O'Farrill (musical director, piano); David Bixler, David DeJesus (alto saxophone); Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Ivan Renta (tenor saxophone); Larry Bustamante (baritone saxophone); Bryan Davis, Jim Seeley, Jonathan Powell, Seneca Black (trumpet); Frank Cohen, Nick Grinder, Rafi Malkiel (trombone); Earl McIntyre (bass trombone); Gregg August (bass); Vince Cherico (drums); Carly Maldonado (bongos); Tony Rosa (congas).
Sat 9 July 2016 17:30 - 18:45 Congo
The compelling sound of big band jazz, the fiery temperament of Latin-American music and the virtuosity of eighteen prominent soloists; this is, in short, the Afro Latin Orchestra, conducted by the inspiring pianist-composer and bandleader Arturo O'Farrill. He epitomizes present-day Latin jazz and completely re-interprets the best work of legends like Tito Puente, Frank ‘Machito’ Grillo and, of course, his father, Chico O’Farrill. Born in Mexico this triple Grammy winner learned the music business in the bars of New York, where he was soon discovered by composer Carla Bley. For years he was a member of her big band, but later decided to go solo and since then he has played with jazz heroes like Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis and Lester Bowie. O’Farrill, who is half Cuban, regularly plays and teaches in his father's country while he continues to conduct his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in the famous Birdland club every Sunday.