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Afro Latin Jazz Suite: Arturo O'Farrill

Saturday, May 10 at 8PM

Arranger, Band Leader and Soloist:

Arturo O'Farrill


Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra


Special Guests:

Café, Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Randy Weston with Billy Harper, Lewis Nash, Chilo and DJ Logic.


The 80th anniversary of the Apollo Theater coincides with the 65th anniversary of the composing of the “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” the centerpiece of the Afro Cuban Jazz repertoire, composed by Chico O’Farrill and featuring Machito and his Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Charlie Parker, Flip Phillips and Buddy Rich. 


To celebrate the anniversary of both milestones and of the continuing role that the Apollo Theater plays in the development of Latin Jazz, the Apollo Theater will commission and present Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in the world premiere of Arturo O’Farrill’s “Afro Latin Jazz Suite” a recasting of his father’s, Chico O’Farrill’s, masterpiece The Afro Cuban Jazz Suite.  Arturo’s “Afro Latin Jazz Suite” will be a re-imagination of the historic work and will borrow musical textures from Colombia, Peru, Venezuela as well as Cuba, Puerto Rico and other Pan American and international sources. 


Additionally, the evening will include a new work by Arturo O’Farrill in honor of Randy Weston and additional work from the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra repertoire.


This performance at the Apollo serves as the CD release event for Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra's latest recording, The Offense of the Drum.


The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the non-profit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA).


Premium Tickets: $55
Tickets: $45, $35, $10
In person at the Apollo Theater Box Office
By phone at: 212.531.5305
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The Apollo’s Harlem Jazz Shrines presentations are generously supported by JoAnn Price.