12/22/11

Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra 10th Anniversary to Include Guest Stars

Randy Weston, Dafnis Prieto, Donald Harrison and others will appear at NYC gig

The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, directed by Arturo O’Farrill, has announced that pianist Randy Weston has been added as an honoree and performer to the lineup of Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s 10th anniversary benefit performance at New York’s Symphony Space. Eddie Palmieri, previously announced as an honoree at the benefit, will no longer be making an appearance.

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Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Titled “The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Turns 10,” the program will showcase the ensemble performing a wide range of repertoire, spanning from their earliest Jazz at Lincoln Center beginnings to their latest commissions, including works by Miguel Zenón, Dafnis Prieto, Vijay Iyer, O’Farrill and many others. Additionally, a special world premiere will celebrate the commitment the Orchestra has made toward progressing this vital art form.

The January 20 performance only will include several guest artists: Latin Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient Ray Santos, 2011 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient Dafnis Prieto, Claudia Acuña, Donald Harrison, Edmar Castaneda and Fernando Otero, among others.

Additionally, the January 20 performance will serve as a benefit concert for the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, the ALJO’s non-profit organization committed to keeping this tradition alive through Afro Latin jazz performance, education and preservation. Anniversary Celebration Benefit Concert Tickets are $60, $80 and $100, and at the $100 level include a post performance reception at the home of City Council member Gale Brewer.

The event will take place January 20-21 at 8 p.m. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway (at W. 95th Street), New York, NY. Visit Symphony Space for more information.

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