Our upcoming Cuba trip is getting great press!
From Stephanie Simon and the other wonderful folks at NY1:
Latin Jazz musician and bandleader Arturo O'Farrill has performed all over the world, but no trip can rival the one he has planned for December. O’Farrill has be given permission to fly to Cuba for a historic concert that fulfills a lifelong dream. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following exclusive report on O'Farrill's plans to perform his father's music in Cuba for the first time.
From Ben Ratcliff at the NYTimes ArtsBeat:
The Brooklyn-based pianist and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill announced over the weekend that he would appear at the 26th annual Havana International Plaza Jazz festival, Dec. 16-19. Mr. O’Farrill is the son of Chico O’Farrill, the Cuban-born composer and arranger, who died in 2001. The elder O’Farrill, one of the architects of Afro-Cuban jazz, who collaborated with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and others in landmark works of the 1950s like “The Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite” and “The Manteca Suite,” never managed to returned to his homeland after leaving it in 1960.
From the awesome Ken Franckling's blog Jazz Notes (Ken's is a profound take on the situation):
After all these years, is there anything more senseless than the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba? I think not, but some are bound to disagree. But the arts are thawing the iceberg a bit – and jazz is at the forefront of that relaxation...
Ken's piece also appeared in Jazz Times.
In NPR's wonderful (and wonderfully named) A Blog Supreme, Felix Contreras writes:
When Cuban-born jazz arranger Chico O'Farrill died in 2001, his one great lament was not being able to return to the island of his birth, according to his son, pianist/bandleader Arturo O'Farrill. The younger O'Farrill will close the musical and familial circle next month when he takes the New York-based orchestra his father created to Cuba...