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Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Benefit
(Published: April 23, 2011)

Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance invite you to a fundraiser benefiting
The Chico O'Farrill School of Jazz

May 18, 2011 6PM-9PM

An Evening of Music & Dancing
With Performances By:
Arturo O'Farrill & The Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra
Andrea Brachfeld & Phoenix Rising
Aruán Ortiz & Camarada Urbana

Donation $75.00

The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th St (b/w 6th & 7th Aves.), NY, NY10011

RSVP by May 15th online or to Eric Oberstein (646.723.4276, eoberstein@afrolatinjazz.org)
Advance Payment: online, check, or at the door.

If you would like to write a check, please make the check out to Fund for the City of New York,
write Afro Latin Jazz Alliance: Cuba in the memo line,
and mail it to 1713 Eighth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Press release on the Chico O'Farrill School of Jazz:
Fundraiser May 18 to Benefit Cuban-American Music Educational Exchange
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NEW YORK-The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance announced today that it will host a fundraiser benefiting the Chico O'Farrill School of Jazz (COSJ) on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues) in New York City from 6PM-9PM. The evening will include performances by Arturo O'Farrill and the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Andrea Brachfeld and Phoenix Rising, and Aruán Ortiz and Camarada Urbana.

The Chico O'Farrill School of Jazz is an ongoing Cuban-American music educational exchange, with the pilot program scheduled for December 2011. The program is co-sponsored by the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, the Cuban Institute of Music, the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory of Music, and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University. The Institute's namesake, legendary composer and arranger Chico O'Farrill, is celebrated as one of the master architects of modern big band Afro Cuban jazz.

The inaugural program includes a weeklong intensive in Havana where a faculty of Cuban and American artist teachers will work closely with Cuban music students. The intensive will culminate in a concert at the Havana Plaza Jazz Festival. In subsequent years the program will last several weeks, ultimately expanding to a ten-week semester where American students participate in the program in Cuba and Cuban students participate in the program in the United States.

ALJA Artistic Director Arturo O'Farrill stated, "The opportunity to have real ongoing educational dialogue between the United States and Cuba is unparalleled. This fundraiser is the foundation of a commitment on the part of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance to begin to build the permanent bridge constructed out of mutual respect using the language of music to irrevocably change the conversation between Cuban and American musicians."

O'Farrill, an experienced educator, traveled to Cuba with the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra this past December to headline the Havana Plaza Jazz Festival. O'Farrill's interaction with young Cuban musicians during the trip inspired the idea of creating a long-term, sustained educational exchange. O'Farrill and flutist Andrea Brachfeld co-conceived the project and are serving as program directors.

More Information: http://www.afrolatinjazz.org/cosj.html

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