Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

"Exuberante" at Newport Jazz Festival 2010

This piece, "Exuberante," was composed by Chico O'Farrill. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra performed the song at Newport Jazz Festival 2010.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ALJO "3 Afro Cuban Jazz Moods"

Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra performs "3 Afro Cuban Jazz Moods" by Chico O'Farrill at Litchfield Jazz Festival 2010. This video's in two parts.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

"El Sur" at Litchfield Jazz Festival 2010

Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra performed Gabriel Alegria's "El Sur" at Litchfield Jazz Festival 2010. Special guests include Gabriel Alegria, Yuri Juarez, Freddy "Huevito" Lobaton, and John Benitez.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

ALJO "A Wise Latina" for Bronx Children's Museum

Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra perform "A Wise Latina" for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Dream Big event, sponsored by the Bronx Children's Museum, at Lehman College on Saturday, August 14, 2010. Symphony Space, R.D. Rice, and the Bronx Museum commissioned O'Farrill to write the piece at the time of Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Para los Rumberos"

Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra's performance of "Para los Rumberos" for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Dream Big event, sponsored by the Bronx Children's Museum, at Lehman College on Saturday, August 14, 2010.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Rumba Urbana" at Litchfield Jazz Festival 2010

We opened our show at the Litchfield Jazz Festival 2010 with "Rumba Urbana," by Oscar Hernandez. Cameras can't quite capture the quality of the sound of our orchestra, but here's a taste of what we sound like.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Wonderful Reviews from Newport and Litchfield

The reviews are in!

From Rick Massimo writing at the Rhode Island News, a wonderful review of Arturo and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at Newport Jazz Festival:
Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Orchestra mixed horn-heavy, fast and percussive stompers (“Rumba Urbana”) with sweet, clave-based tunes (“A Wise Latina”), and added a fiery guest appearance from trumpeter Jon Faddis, who was classy and straight-ahead with his own group on the second stage.

And from the Hartford Courant:
The Litchfield Jazz Festival, which has been uniting people of many colors, cultures and creeds for over a century, provided a healing through music for a state rocked by the tragedy of the Manchester shootings last week.

Nowhere was this cross-cultural harmony more pronounced than during Saturday's final performance by Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. The entertaining, energetic bandleader whipped his large ensemble into a euphoric frenzy time after time as he leapt from his piano to bark solo instructions or launch one of the sections into action. The group's diverse members worked magic together, creating a musical whole far greater than the sum of its parts.

Thank you! We had a great time!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Appoints Eric Oberstein as Executive Director

Please join us in welcoming Eric!

Arturo O’Farrill, Director of the GRAMMY Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), announced today the appointment of Eric Oberstein, a distinguished arts administrator, producer, and educator, as Executive Director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA), the non-profit O’Farrill created in 2007 to provide institutional support for the ALJO. Oberstein will commence his post as of August 2010.

“It is with extreme pride that we appoint Eric Oberstein as Executive Director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance,” said O’Farrill. “Not only has Eric been a supporter of the music of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for several years, but most important, he is an integral part of the foundation of this organization. I have complete confidence that he will take us far into the future and beyond. I could not possibly be happier.”

Oberstein brings several years of arts administration and education experience to his new position. He has worked at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Duke Performances, the Office for the Arts at Harvard, and the Research Center for Arts and Culture. He has received Master’s degrees in Arts Administration and Arts in Education from Columbia University and Harvard University, respectively. He also earned his undergraduate degree with distinction from Duke University. Oberstein has written a chapter about the Creative Campus and university arts engagement that will appear in the highly anticipated, forthcoming book, 20UNDER40: Re-Inventing the Arts and Arts Education for the 21st Century, a collection of twenty essays about the future of the arts and arts education, each written by an emerging leader under the age of forty.

Originally from Long Island, Oberstein is a musician himself, playing both saxophone and percussion. Born to a Cuban mother and American father, he grew up listening to and playing Latin and jazz music. His background in music led him to work with O’Farrill and the ALJO as a producer in the studio. He is currently serving as Executive Producer on the forthcoming album from the Orchestra, 40 Acres and a Burro. He also served as Assistant Producer on O’Farrill’s 2009 release, Risa Negra, named one of the top jazz albums of 2009 by The Wall Street Journal and The Village Voice.

ALJA board member James Wacht remarked, “Eric is a perfect fit for the Alliance. He shares both the heritage and passion for the music, and he brings extensive administrative experience to his role as Executive Director of our organization.”

“It is a great honor to be named Executive Director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance,” Oberstein stated. “This is a tremendous opportunity to manage a fine organization and a world-class performance ensemble. I look forward to working with Arturo and the board of directors to lead this organization into the future, building upon its performance, education, and preservation efforts that are so dear to my heart.”