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Arturo O’Farrill and Resist are multiple Grammy-winning Afro-Cuban Jazz

Arturo O’Farrill is a multi-Grammy winning Cuban-Mexican-American jazz pianist, composer, and leader. Every album released so far by the Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra has won or been nominated for a Grammy.

Arturo O’Farrill in NYC

Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra play their weekly Sunday night gig at Birdland. The band takes a break in August that is filled with the Birdland Latin Jazz Big Band.

About Arturo O’Farrill

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – La Puerta
Arturo O’Farrill is the son of Cuban Jazz composer Chico O’Farrill and Mexican singer Lupe Valero. Arturo was born in Mexico City in 1960 and came to New York when he was five years old. His father worked with great artists of the day so Arturo grew up somewhere in between the storied Jazz and Latin worlds of New York City.

Arturo eventually became a straight-ahead Jazz pianist. In the 1990s, he started a return to his Latin roots. In 1995, Arturo joined his aging father’s band, the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, as pianist and music director. The band started playing Sundays at Birdland in 1997. Arturo became bandleader when his father passed away in 2001.

The same year Wynton Marsalis gave Arturo a chance to form an Afro-Cuban jazz band at Lincoln Center. That became the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, a Jazz big band with a Cuban percussion section.

Their first album Una Noche Inolvidable (Un Unforgettable Night, 2005) earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album.”

The Orchestra left Lincoln Center in 2007. Their second album Song for Chico (2009) won a Grammy for “Best Latin Jazz Album.”

In 2010, O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra made their first trip to Cuba. Their third album 40 Acres and a Burro earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.”

2014’s The Offense of the Drum won a Grammy for “Best Latin Jazz Album.”

2014 News story about Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra visiting Cuba
O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra released Cuba: The Conversation Continues in 2015 and won another Grammy for “Best Latin Jazz Album.”

Chico O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra keep getting recognized for the powerful way they connect Jazz and Latin. As the band matures, they dig ever deeper into their Latin American roots.

They Came, a cool Puerto Rican diaspora story by Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Chilo & DJ Logic

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