Monday, December 13, 2010

Arturo O’Farrill to Play in Cuba, His Father’s Homeland

The New York Times

October 26, 2010, 10:00 am

By BEN RATLIFF


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 return to his homeland after leaving it in 1960. His son, as leader of his father’s old band, the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, will be playing his father’s music, and more, at the Mella Theater in Havana and in the province of Matanzas. He will also lecture at the Amadeo Roldán conservatory and perform at a children’s class alongside his sons, Zachary and Adam.

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