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

Friday, February 2, 2018, 8pm

The Music Center

$25 - $65

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

Tapped by Wynton Marsalis to create an Afro-Cuban jazz band to perform regularly at Lincoln Center, pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill brought together the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music, and 18 of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians to create the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO). 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 modern jazz’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.
Arturo O'Farrill


Compositions by Arturo O’Farrill.

Clump, Unclump
A Wise Latina
Afro Latin Jazz Suite
Three Revolutions
The Cornel West Concerto, featuring special guest Dr. Cornel West

Program order to be announced from the stage.

This concert will run approximately 100 minutes with no intermission.

Jazz & The American Conscience
6:45–7:30pm in Education Center Room 402
Free with concert ticket. Registration highly recommended. 
Register for the Preconcert Lecture online.

Felix Contreras, Co-Host of Alt.Latino, NPR’s web-based program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture
Maurice Jackson, Associate Professor of History and African-American Studies and an Affiliated Professor of Performing Arts at Georgetown University
Saïs Kamalidiin, Associate Professor of Jazz History and Flute at Howard University
Katea Stitt, Program Director at WPFW 89.3FM
Moderated by Omrao Brown, Cultural Entrepreneur and Former Owner of DC’s Bohemian Caverns

Encore Café Post-Concert Discussion
As part of our Windows to the World series, we are hosting a post-concert reception where you can discuss the performance and meet fellow audience members. Stop by the café annex on your way out of the concert and share your thoughts over coffee, tea, and cookies.
Post-show in the café annex, Promenade Level
Free, Space is Limited


  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.


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