Arturo O'Farrill

About Arturo O'Farrill

Arturo O'Farrill is a New York-based jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader of the globally renowned Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. The son of big-band leader Chico O'Farrill, he started with the Carla Bley Band in the mid-'80s and did session and live work with Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, and Lester Bowie before leading the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. In 2005, the Orchestra issued the Grammy-nominated Una Noche Inolvidable, followed by the Grammy-winning studio album Song for Chico in 2008. They also scored winners with 2014's Final Night at Birdland and 2015's The Offense of the Drum. Recorded in Havana, 2015's Cuba: The Conversation Continues, was also nominated. He and Chucho Valdés released Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico in 2017. The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra returned with Fandango at the Wall in 2018, followed by Four Questions in 2020 and 2021's Dreaming in Lions on Blue Note.

  • HOMETOWN
    Havana, Cuba
  • BORN
    June 22, 1960

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