IF there is such a thing as a first family of Afro-Cuban jazz, the O’Farrill clan has a right to claim that distinction. Its members helped invent the hybrid genre back in the 1940s, when Chico O’Farrill came to New York from Havana, and in recent years they have worked to reinvigorate the music despite barriers in both Cuba and the United States.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Join us Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues)
The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance will host a fundraiser benefiting the Chico O’Farrill School of Jazz (COSJ) on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues) in New York City from 6PM-9PM. The evening will include performances by Arturo O’Farrill and the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Andrea Brachfeld and Phoenix Rising, and Aruán Ortiz and Camarada Urbana.
The Chico O’Farrill School of Jazz is an ongoing Cuban-American music educational exchange, with the pilot program scheduled for December 2011. The program is co-sponsored by the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, the Cuban Institute of Music, the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory of Music, and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University. The Institute’s namesake, legendary composer and arranger Chico O’Farrill, is celebrated as one of the master architects of modern big band Afro Cuban jazz.
The inaugural program includes a weeklong intensive in Havana where a faculty of Cuban and American artist teachers will work closely with Cuban music students. The intensive will culminate in a concert at the Havana Plaza Jazz Festival. In subsequent years the program will last several weeks, ultimately expanding to a ten-week semester where American students participate in the program in Cuba and Cuban students participate in the program in the United States.
ALJA Artistic Director Arturo O’Farrill stated, “The opportunity to have real ongoing educational dialogue between the United States and Cuba is unparalleled. This fundraiser is the foundation of a commitment on the part of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance to begin to build the permanent bridge constructed out of mutual respect using the language of music to irrevocably change the conversation between Cuban and American musicians.”
O’Farrill, an experienced educator, traveled to Cuba with the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra this past December to headline the Havana Plaza Jazz Festival. O’Farrill’s interaction with young Cuban musicians during the trip inspired the idea of creating a long-term, sustained educational exchange. O’Farrill and flutist Andrea Brachfeld co-conceived the project and are serving as program directors.
Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance
invite you to a fundraiser benefiting
The Chico O'Farrill School of Jazz
May 18, 2011/6PM-9PM
An Evening of Music & Dancing
With Performances By:
Andrea Brachfeld & Phoenix Rising
Aruán Ortiz & Camarada Urbana
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th St (b/w 6th & 7th Aves.), NY, NY10011
RSVP by May 15th online
Advance Payment: online, check, or at the door
For more information on the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, visit our website here.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance is shocked and disappointed by the news that the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has chosen to eliminate the Latin Jazz category from the GRAMMY awards. Latinos are the second-largest demographic group in the United States, at over 50 million people in the 2010 Census, and our contributions to jazz are an essential part of our country's past, present, and future musical heritage.
The elimination of Latin Jazz from the GRAMMYs is an affront to the achievements of some of our nation's most heralded musicians: Tito Puente, Machito, Mario Bauza, Chico O'Farrill, Paquito D'Rivera, Eddie Palmieri, and many more. Moreover, it does a disservice to the thousands of talented and committed artists who are now dedicating their lives to playing this beautiful and powerful music, an art form with its own unique history and tradition. America's Latin Jazz performers, composers, arrangers, and producers sacrifice so much to be able to create brilliant, original music in the Latin Jazz form; they deserve the same recognition and support enjoyed by their peers working in different styles.
Latinos have made important progress toward equality in recent years, with growing representation in our nation's political, economic, and cultural institutions. We are deeply disappointed to find today that this progress will not be reflected in our country's most important musical award, where the message now seems to be, "Latin Jazz musicians need not apply."
Ostensibly, the reason for the GRAMMY award is to recognize excellence in art. The Academy's decision is an abandonment of artistic goals and is injurious to the livelihoods of Latin Jazz musicians who must compete in a marketplace that perceives the GRAMMY as a indicator of artistic credibility--and hires accordingly.
We urge NARAS to rethink its decision and we ask all NARAS members, musicians, and fans throughout the world to demand better.
Please take a moment to express your opposition through signing this petition.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Following in the footsteps of his legendary father and jazz musician Chico O'Farrill, Grammy-winning pianist and composer Arturo O'Farrill, head of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, teams up with his sons Zack and Adam to bring dynamic Afro-Cuban tunes to concertgoers. The concert will take place during the Wall to Wall Sonidos (http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/6500-wall-to-wall-sonidos), a marathon of Latin music.
Saturday, April 30 at 9pm
Bar opens at 6pm
30 Lafayette Avenue (between St. Felix Street and Ashland Place), Brooklyn