The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is pleased to co-present the UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s Spring Concert with the UCLA Fowler Museum. Led by renowned jazz musician Arturo O’Farrill, musicians will gather virtually to play compositions by Miguel Blanco, Adam O'Farrill, Guillermo Klein, Jason Lindner, as well as music from HBO Max’s Fandango at the Wall. Special guests will include DJ Logic, spoken word artist Christopher 'Chilo' Cajigas, pianist and composer Andrew Andron, and others. Put on your dancing shoes or, better yet, dance barefoot!
Arturo O’Farrill, pianist, composer, and educator, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. He is currently Professor of Global Jazz Studies and Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. O’Farrill has received commissions from Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Apollo Theater, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts, and has been honored as a Steinway Artist for many years.
In 2007, he founded the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the performance, education, and preservation of Afro Latin music.
In 2020, O’Farrill’s weekly concerts with the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, dubbed “Virtual Birdland,” topped the list of 10 Best Quarantine Concerts in the New York Times.