Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with Dr. Cornel West

Friday, February 2, 2018, 8pm

The Music Center

Music Center

$35 - $65

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
with special guest Dr. Cornel West

The Grammy award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), led by pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill, brings together the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music, and the virtuosity of 18 of the world’s most accomplished musicians. ALJO’s critically acclaimed performances have established them as the standard-bearer for creative interpretation of Latin jazz greats, as well as the driving force behind new commissions from Latin music’s most talented composers and arrangers.

This performance concludes with the Cornel West Concerto, featuring a special guest appearance by Dr. Cornel West. Commissioned by the Apollo Theatre, this innovative and inspiring collaboration pairs text by the virtuosic speaker, scholar, and activist with compositions by O’Farrill, bridging the soulful connection of music and inspiration of social change.

  • Grammy winner Arturo O’Farrill is the son of Cuban jazz musician, arranger, and bandleader Chico O’Farrill.
  • The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra has been an artist-in-residence at the Harlem School of the Arts.
  • West is a veteran of spoken-word, having created several albums in collaboration with artists like Prince and André 3000 of Outkast.
  This performance is part of Strathmore’s Windows to the World series of international performances. Check out the full line-up and join the Global Voices Club.
Arturo O'Farrill


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