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Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Octet

Allison Miller

Arturo O’Farril, pianist, composer, educator, and founder and Artistic Director of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. His debut album with the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable, earned a first GRAMMY Award nomination in 2006. His next album Song for Chico, earned a GRAMMY Award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2009. The 2015 release of The Offense of the Drum was yet another GRAMMY Award winner. Additionally, Auturo won the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award and a Cubadisco Award for The Offense of the Drum . His newest album release (August 21, 2015) is Cuba: The Conversation Continues, which recently won a 2016 GRAMMY.