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The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Celebrates 10th Anniversary
(Published: November 30, 2011)

JANUARY 20 BENEFIT CONCERT TO FEATURE WORLD-CLASS SPECIAL GUESTS, INCLUDING: EDDIE PALMIERI, RAY SANTOS, DAFNIS PRIETO, CLAUDIA ACUÑA, DONALD HARRISON, EDMAR CASTANEDA, AND FERNANDO OTERO, AMONG OTHERS

The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance announces that it will celebrate the 10th Anniversary season of the GRAMMY® Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), directed by Arturo O'Farrill, with a special program at Symphony Space on Manhattan's Upper West Side, on January 20 & 21. Entitled "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 towards progressing this vital art form.

For the January 20 performance only, a star-studded lineup of some of the world's leading musicians will join the ALJO on stage in celebration of its landmark anniversary, including: nine-time GRAMMY Award-winning pianist Eddie Palmieri, 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. The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance will also honor Palmieri, Santos, and Robert Sancho, Vice President of Bronx-Lebanon Hospital and founding board chair of the ALJA, for their contributions to Afro Latin jazz.

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 culturally rich 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.

O'Farrill exclaims, "Ten years of existence is a milestone for the ALJO, not so much because we survived, but because we've created a new entry point into the cultural conversation. There is such great diversity in this music. Our embrace of an inclusive picture in jazz has welcomed many people into the fold because of this approach. This season we celebrate the finest moments in our history, which have consistently reflected a rich and comprehensive picture of Afro Latin jazz."

The two-night January engagement is the second in a series of three landmark performances at Symphony Space, commemorating the 10th Anniversary season. The kick-off took place in October with a tribute to and featuring Andy and Jerry González, founders of the pioneering, Bronx-born Fort Apache Band and arguably the most important siblings in Latin jazz.

The final performances will take place on May 11 & 12, with a program entitled "Música Nueva 5: Big Band Poetry Slam & Beyond." The Orchestra's fifth annual new music concert, Música Nueva, will celebrate the spoken word tradition with a big band poetry slam curated by poet and musician Angel R. Rodríguez, Sr. and will honor the work of the Nuyorican Poets Café. Guest DJs, MCs, spoken word artists, instrumentalists, and dancers will mix the classic sound of mambo, boogaloo, and salsa with hip-hop, acid jazz, and alternative improvisation


Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025-6990
Phone - (212)864-5400
www.symphonyspace.org

More Information: http:// http://afrolatinjazz.org


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