Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra Kicks
Off 2004-5 Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Series

At Baruch College, Thursday, Nov. 4

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The Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra will kick off the 2004/2005 Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert series at Baruch College on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004. For 50 years, Chico O’Farrill, one of the world’s great innovative composers, fused soul-wrenching Afro-Cuban harmonies with American jazz traditions.

Since O’Farrill’s death in 2001, his son, the composer, arranger and pianist Arturo O’Farrill, has led the group. They will perform at Baruch College’s Mason Hall, 17 Lexington Avenue (at 23rd Street) on Nov. 4, 2004 at 1 pm. This concert, a high point of the Baruch arts calendar, is free and open to the public.

Chico O’Farrill was a master of sweeping symphonic compositions that blended his love of Debussy, Stravinsky and the mambo. His son, Arturo, has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Papo Vazquez, Carla Bley and many others. He is the musical director for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The Chico O’Farrill jazz orchestra recently celebrated its sixth anniversary of Sundays at Birdland, the famed New York jazz nightclub.

The group has performed at jazz festivals throughout the world, including the North Sea Festival in Holland, the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland and the Marciac Jazz Festival in France, as well as such U.S. venues as Alice Tully Hall and Chicago’s Symphony Hall.

This concert has been organized by the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Committee and funded by the Baruch College Performing Arts Center and The Baruch College Fund. A zydeco concert is being planned for Dec. 2, 2004.