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UCLA Names Arturo O’Farrill Global Jazz Studies Professor

School says the Afro Latin jazz master brings expertise in performance, composition and activism

Arturo O'Farrill
Arturo O’Farrill (photo: UCLA)

Arturo O’Farrill, a six-time Grammy-winning pianist, composer and music educator, has been appointed professor of global jazz studies and music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He will focus on performance and composition and on redefining the perimeters of Latin jazz in the position.

School officials said O’Farrill was chosen in part due to his contributions to contemporary Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz genres, not only as a musician and composer, but as an advocate for the art form. In 2007, O’Farrill founded the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the performance, education and preservation of the art form.

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