Grammy Award-winning composer/pianist/educator Arturo O’Farrill and members of the non-profit organization The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) are in Cuba from Friday, December 9, through Friday, December 16, 2016 for a cultural diplomacy trip of repatriation for the late Latin-jazz legend Chico O’Farrill (pictured; photo courtesy of afrolatinjazz.org), in honor of his 95th birthday.
On December 10, in Havana, O’Farrill led an official ceremony honoring Chico’s legacy and his long-awaited return to Cuba at the Basílica of San Francisco de Asís. With the help of restored relations between the United States and Cuba, O’Farrill is able to fulfill his father’s dream of returning to his birthplace nearly 70 years after the elder O’Farrill’s departure from Cuba.
Upon their stateside return from Cuba, Grammy Award winners Arturo O’Farrill and Chucho Valdés, will perform on January 27 and 28, 2017 at Symphony Space in New York City (2537 Broadway). Their concert, titled “Legacies of Jazz: Bebo, Chico, Chucho, ‘Turo,” celebrates the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s 15th anniversary season. It will feature songs written by their fathers, Bebo Valdés and Chico O’Farrill, as well as new compositions, which the headlining artists will perform alongside their own children and the 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. An artist Q&A will take place at Symphony Space on January 27 at 7 P.M., before the performance.
Following the live concert at Symphony Space, O’Farrill and Valdés are scheduled to record a new full-length studio album at Avatar Studios in New York City, and will be released in 2017.
For more information, visit the “Unforgettable Trip to Cuba” page on ALJA’s website, and Symphony Space.