Latin Jazz and Afro Cuban Rhythms

September 27th, 2002 by Adam

Plymouth State College will present pianist Arturo O’Farrill in concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 3, at the Silver Cultural Arts Center.

Arturo has been a mainstay of the New York jazz and Afro-Cuban scenes. He’s played and recorded with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Jerry Gonzales And The Fort Apache Band, and in 1987 became musical director for Harry Belafonte. In 1995 he agreed to direct the band that preserved so much of his father’s music, Chico O’Farrill’s Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, which has been in residence at New York City’s Birdland for several years. He was also a special guests soloist at Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts in 1995 and 1998.

Sharing the program with O’Farrill are Andrew Gonzalez, bass, and Joseph Gonzalez, percussion. Andy Gonzalez is one of the most recorded Latin bass players in history. He has performed with the top Latin jazz stars of our time, including Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri and a host of other luminaries. He is also a founding member of such revolutionary groups as Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band and Manny Oquendo’s Conjunto Libre and the Latin Jazz Lad. He is a Latin jazz scholar and historian who has performed throughout the world.

Joseph Gonzalez is one of the most sought after Latin jazz percussionists in the world. He has performed and/or recorded with Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, Chico O’Farrill, Mario Bauza, Bill Cosby and many others. He is currently first percussion for the Latin Jazz Orchestra of Lincoln Center and Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban JazzBig Band.

Concert tickets ($15-7.50) are available at the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office, 535-ARTS.