Arturo O’Farrill, Grammy Award winning pianist, composer, educator, and founder and Artistic Director of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. O’Farrill is the son of the late Chico O’Farrill, one of the master architects of Afro Cuban Jazz. Arturo received his formal musical education at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He developed as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. In 2007 he founded the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz and educating young people in the understanding of this important cultural treasure.
CMC thanks San Francisco Performances for bringing this world-class artist to our stage for a free community concert.