Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ALJO at Adelphi University

Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra are performing at Adelphi on Friday, October 1, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. Get tickets here:

"A Wise Latina" at Symphony Space

Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra plays "A Wise Latina" in honor of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor composed by Arturo O'Farrill. World premiere on November 5, 2009 at Symphony Space.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Website Calendar

Curious about where Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra are? Check for past and upcoming performances on the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance websites calendar.

"Bebé" by Hermeto Pascoal

Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra performs "Bebé" by Hermeto Pascoal.

Monday, September 20, 2010

"IOIO" by Nelson Faria

ALJO plays "IOIO" Nelson Faria.

Our latest schedule -- please join us where and when you can!

Dear friends, here is our latest schedule -- we'd love you to join us at any of our following performances:

September 20, 2010: ALJO at Kanazawa Street Festival, Kanazawa, Japan

September 21, 2010: ALJO at Kannai Hall, Yokohama, Japan

October 1, 2010: ALJO at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

October 7, 2010: Arturo O'Farrill Quartet at Symphony Space

October 9, 2010: Arturo O'Farrill and Company at the Museum of the City of New York

October 22-24, 2010: Taichung Jazz Festival, Taichung, Taiwan

November 6, 2010: ALJO at Symphony Space

Puerto Rico, More than Salsa

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra explore new and existing trends in Puerto Rican music. Special attention is paid to folkloric and traditional forms, especially Bomba and Plena. The traditional instruments of Bomba and Plena are employed and special guest percussionists are invited. Repertoire will highlight the works of William Cepeda with arrangements by Michael Webster, William Cepeda, Papo Vazquez, and others. Highlights will include Mombrogo, Iron Jungle, and new works. Special guests include Miguel Zenon and William Cepeda. It will be a gorgeous evening of recognizing the indigenous and brilliant music of Puerto Rico!

December 6-12, 2010: Arturo at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

January 20, 2011: Salon: Arturo O'Farrill at Symphony Space

February 26, 2011: ALJO at Symphony Space

CubaNola, More Than the Spanish Tinge Cuba and New Orleans are more than musical friends or cousins. They are more like twins and equally responsible for much of what we call Jazz. Arturo O’Farrill together with special guest Donald Harrison explore the common roots of Jazz as seen in the early music of New Orleans and Havana. Arrangements of early charangas, rags, and contemporary works by musicians associated with both cities and countries are performed. A new work entitled “More than a Spanish Tinge” will receive its world premiere. This is an important concert for anyone interested in understanding the true roots of jazz and Latin music.

April 19, 2011: Arturo O'Farrill at Knoxville Jazz Orchestra

May 14, 2011: ALJO at Symphony Space

Música Nueva 4
Part of Symphony Spaces Wall-to-Wall celebration of Spanish music
This is traditionally our best concert of the year, the one that creates the repertoire of the future. Past composers have included Vijay Iyer, Fernando Otero, Gabriel Alegria, Emilio Solla, and many others. This year will mark the world premiere of Arturo
O’Farrill’s New York State Council on the Arts commission “A Small Still Voice” with an 80-voice choir from the LaGuardia School of the Performing Arts. It is a work that explores the central beliefs and tales of all religions. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will also perform other works that have been directly commissioned by or for us. Don’t miss this chance to see the future of true jazz that reflects all of the Americas.

We look forward to playing for you!

Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Partners with Famed Greenwich Village Jazz Club Fat Cat to Launch New York City All-Star Youth Big Band

Our latest press release to keep you up to date!

The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) invites New York City’s finest young musicians to sit under the directorship of Arturo O’Farrill, leader of the GRAMMY Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), and be a part of an elite all-city youth big band hosted by the famed Greenwich Village jazz club Fat Cat, called the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats.

“The best thing about my work is the chance to interact with young musicians, and this opportunity to invite young people to be a part of our work thrills me to no end,” said O’Farrill. In partnership with Fat Cat, the ALJA will provide a unique education and performance opportunity to students throughout the five boroughs in middle and high school to study with O’Farrill, an acclaimed pianist and composer. As an educator, he has taught master classes, seminars, and workshops throughout the world for students and teachers of all levels. O’Farrill has served on the faculties of The University of Massachusetts Amherst and SUNY Purchase. He currently provides instrument and ensemble instruction to students in the Afro Latin Jazz Academy of Music, currently operating at the Business of Sports School in Manhattan and the Urban Assembly Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists in the South Bronx.

“The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance is honored to work with New York City’s most accomplished young musicians in an ensemble that will allow them to showcase their talents and learn from a master artist and educator. We are grateful to Fat Cat for its generosity in hosting this esteemed big band,” remarked Eric Oberstein, Executive Director of the ALJA.

A statement from the Fat Cat staff read, “We at Fat Cat are excited to have our doors open to ALJA and the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats. This is a great opportunity to advance and preserve a great aspect of American culture.”

The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats will be an audition-based ensemble that will rehearse every Sunday afternoon at Fat Cat through the academic year from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Auditions will be held on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at Fat Cat (75 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue). Brass instruments (trumpets, trombones) will audition from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., woodwinds (saxophones) from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, percussion) from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Students will be asked to sight read a piece of music, prepare two works (of both slow and fast tempos), play together with a rhythm section, and improvise.

Students with an interest/experience in composition are especially encouraged to audition. The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats will have opportunities to perform at Fat Cat and other prominent music venues around New York City on a regular basis.

While there is no set fee required to participate, there is a suggested donation of $10 upon audition. Interested students, parents, and teachers should contact Eric Oberstein at for more details.

Founded in 2007, the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance is dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin Jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. The Alliance maintains a world-class collection of Latin jazz musical scores and recordings, provides institutional support for the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and provides education programs for young musicians and new audiences. From 2002 to 2007, the ALJO was a resident orchestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where it earned a GRAMMY nomination for its 2005 album, Una Noche Inolvidable. The Orchestra is entering the fourth season of its residency at its new home on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Symphony Space. The ALJO continues to tour nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. In 2009, the ALJO won a GRAMMY Award for Best Latin Jazz Album for its release, Song for Chico.

For more information on the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and Fat
Cat, visit: and

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Puppets ELM by Richie Beirach

Just a peek at FREE jazz with Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at Puppets. Musicians are Bill Ware, vibes; Zack O'Farrill, drums; Jim Seeley, trumpet; Peter Brainin, tenor saxophone and Arturo O'Farrill, piano.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Arturo O'Farrill 50th Year Birthday Celebration at Puppets Jazz in Brooklyn, NY

Arturo O'Farrill celebrated his 50th birthday with his friends and family at Puppets Jazz. He played with his sons Zack and Adam O'Farrill who play drums and trumpet, respectively. Other band members sat in. And what does Arturo do on his birthday? He plays music of course.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Llegara, Llegara, Llegara

Performed by Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, written by Emilio Solla, and conducted by Arturo O'Farrill on June 4, 2010.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Performed by Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, written by Chico O'Farrill, and conducted by Arturo O'Farrill at Symphony Space on June 4, 2010.

Friday, September 10, 2010

"Mad Hatter"

Performed by Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, written by Vijay Iyer, conducted by Arturo O'Farrill, at Symphony Space on June 4, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Gentleman Barbarian

Performed by Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, written by Bill Ware, and conducted by Arturo O'Farrill, at Symphony Space, June 4, 2010.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Cuarto de Colores

"Cuarto de Colores," written by Edmar Castaneda, performed by Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and conducted by Arturo O'Farrill at Symphony Space on June 4, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Coca-Cola Generations In Jazz Festival

Dear friends:

Please join us at
The Coca-Cola Generations In Jazz Festival []
The O'Farrill Family Band
w/Arturo O'Farrill, Adam O'Farrill, Zack O'Farrill, Ivan Renta & Shawn Conley

on Monday, September 6th
at 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Cover: $20
Students: $10 w/valid student ID

Go to to make a reservation.

Featuring: Arturo O'Farrill, piano; Adam O'Farrill, trumpet; Zack O'Farrill, drums; Ivan Renta, tenor saxophone; Shawn Conley, bass

We look forward to seeing you there!

"Iron Jungle" at Symphony Space

"Iron Jungle," written by Papo Vazquez and performed by the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at Symphony Space on June 4, 2010.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010