Arturo O’Farrill

Johanna Lawshea

Multi-Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, and founder and Artistic Director of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, Arturo O’Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. O’Farrill, the son of renowned Afro-Cuban jazz artist Chico O’Farrill, received his formal musical education at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. As his professional career began to expand, Arturo was the pianist with the Carla Bley Big Band from 1979 through 1983.  He 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, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. Over the past several years, Arturo has toured the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Asia. During this period, he founded the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the performance, education, and preservation of Afro Latin music.