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315 W. 44th Street New York, NY 10036
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20 events
12 reviews
9 stars
The weather was pleasant. I wore sport shirt.
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Come in advance if you want to have ample time to enjoy food (for earlier performances)
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Chico O'Farrill's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra
74 ratings
4.6 average rating
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17 events
4 reviews
36 stars
attended Nov 25 2007

I loved the entire ambience of the place. The waitstaff was readily available and they weren't pushy at all. The music was great.It was well worth it.

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3 reviews
2 stars
attended Dec 07 2008

Great music. Time went by way too quickly.

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3 events
2 reviews
0 stars
attended Aug 05 2007

this show was short- about one hour- and i would not recommend it to anyone only moderately interested in jazz. it certainly has more of a big band sound than the percussion i was hoping for. the food at the venue was not good and the hostesses...continued

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“…continues to showcase the most seamless blend of clav rhythm and bebop harmony anywhere.” —Time Out


This is jazz big-band music at its best! Arranger-bandleader Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill, Sr. began introducing Afro-Cuban rhythms into jazz in the 1940s. The band bearing Chico’s name, which is directed by his son Arturo, carries on this legendary style of jazz today.

Pianist/music director Arturo O’Farrill, the winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Educated at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College, he played piano with the Carla Bley Big Band from 1979 through 1983. Arturo then went on to develop as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, Harry Belafonte and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis. In 1995, O’Farrill agreed to direct the band that preserved much of his father’s music, Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, which has been in residence at Birdland, New York City’s famed nightclub, for the past six years. O’Farrill was a special guest soloist at three landmark Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts – Afro-Cuban Jazz: Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, November 1995; Con Alma: The Latin Tinge in Big Band Jazz, September 1998; and the 2001 Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala: The Spirit of Tito Puente, November 2001. In 2002, O’Farrill and Marsalis created the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra for Jazz at Lincoln Center. They got national exposure in 2004 on the PBS “Live From Lincoln Center” broadcast of the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall Grand Opening.