For the fifth consecutive year the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra joins together with the Staten Island based Susan J Wagner High School’s award winning Youth Jazz programs to present an inspiring concert celebrating the completion of one more season of musical education exchanges and collaborations. This event is part of the Festival of NY.
WHEN: June 9 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
WHERE: South Meadow Stage at Snug Harbor
The multi-Grammy-award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) blends the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music, and the virtuosity of eighteen of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians. Twenty years of critically acclaimed performances internationally have firmly established the ALJO as a standard-bearer. Their innovative repertoire pushes the genre forward, reflecting Artistic Director Arturo O’Farrill’s dual sensibilities of contemporary, improvisational jazz, honed by his work with the likes of Carla Bley, Lester Bowie and Dizzy Gillespie, with the Latin Jazz traditions pioneered by his father, the legendary Chico O’Farrill. ALJO has collaborated with and performed the compositions of noted artists like Antonio Sanchez, Miguel Zenon, Dafnis Prieto, Randy Weston, Letieres Leite, Lionel Loueke, Papo Vazquez, Vijay Iyer, and many others, including Arturo himself.