Arturo O'Farrill

"What is Latin Jazz?" with Arturo O'Farrill and Dr. Mike Davison


Feb 26
7:30 PM
Perkinson Recital Hall, North Court
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Celebrate the diverse rhythms of Latin music with Arturo O’Farrill, pianist, composer, and Professor of Global Jazz Studies at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music, and Dr. Mike Davison, Professor of Music at University of Richmond. They will discuss the influences and roots of Latin Jazz and the integration between jazz music and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, with live performance highlights by Arturo and Mike. The duo will also talk about a new composition written by Arturo for University of Richmond students and the Cuban Spectacular concert on April 25, 2024. Arturo O’Farrill is Artist in Residence with the Department of Music for the spring 2024 semester.

Arturo O'Farrill, pianist, composer, and educator, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. His professional career began with the Carla Bley Band and continued as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. 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. Arturo is Professor of Global Jazz Studies and Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has been honored as a Steinway Artist for many years, and is a Blue Note Records Recording Artist.