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Arturo O’Farrill Brings Musical Traditions of Afro Latin Jazz to Saint Rose

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ALBANY (September 30, 2015) — In 2002, Arturo O’Farrill established the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra to bring the musical traditions of Afro Latin jazz to a wider general audience and to greatly expand the contemporary Latin jazz big-band repertoire.

The College of Saint Rose presents an evening of Latin jazz with the Arturo O’Farrill Septet in concert Friday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, New York.

A presentation of Premiere Performances, tickets are $25 general, $15 students and are on sale now at For concert and ticket information, contact the Massry Center ticket office at 518-337-4871 or e-mail

Pianist, composer, educator, and founder and artistic director of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, O’Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. His debut album with the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable, earned a first Grammy® Award nomination in 2006. His next album Song for Chico, earned a 2009 Grammy® Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. The 2015 release of The Offense of the Drum was yet another Grammy® winner. Arturo was, in addition, the winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award and a Cubadisco Award for The Offense of the Drum in 2015.

O’Farrill has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Boston Symphony Hall; Newport Jazz Festival; Joyce Theater with Ballet Hispanico; Megaron Concert Hall in Athens, Greece; Kannai Hall in Yokohama, Japan; Taichung Jazz Festival in Taiwan; and at New York’s Symphony Space, where he and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra have been in residence since 2007.

O’Farrill has received commissions from Meet the Composer, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Philadelphia Music Project, Symphony Space, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the famous Apollo Theater. He also has composed music for films, including Hollywoodland and Salud.

Opened in 2008, the critically acclaimed Massry Center for the Arts features the 400-seat Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Esther Massry Gallery, choral and instrument rehearsal rooms, teaching studios, piano labs and classrooms. Past performing artists have included B.B. King, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Doc Severinson, Ramsey Lewis, Maceo Parker, Mary Lambert, Tim Reynolds, Stefon Harris, John Pizzarelli, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Strings, Yuja Wang, Paula Cole and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The 46,000 square-foot gem is certified LEED Gold, ranking it among the Capital Region’s most energy-efficient and Earth-friendly buildings.



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