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Arturo O'Farrill's Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats Kick Off The 2015 Season of Emmanuel Baptist Church Jazz Vespers
(Published: August 27, 2015)

(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK- August 24, 2015): On September 13, 2015 at 3pm, Emmanuel Baptist Church will raise the curtains for its fourth season of its Jazz Vespers with the highly acclaimed Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats, an Ensemble of Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. The Jazz Vespers will occur at the historic Emmanuel Baptist Church, located at 279 Lafayette Avenue, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Entering its fourth season, the Emmanuel Baptist Church (EBC) Jazz Vespers series aims to build a cross-generational appreciation for jazz, and faith, one neighborhood at a time. Based in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, EBC's motto for Jazz Vespers is: "Experience the Presence of God through the Sounds of Jazz." In less than five years, EBC's Jazz Vespers has built a loyal following of jazz admirers throughout all the boroughs, and has established itself as a neighborhood staple. As Davella, a past attendee put it, "I love the concept of a vesper service in a church. The talent combined with being at Emmanuel with our neighbors and friends, makes it the best place to be on a Sunday afternoon." The roster of renowned, highly-respected jazz musicians performing at the EBC Jazz Vespers continues to grow, with legends such as NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Heath, and Barry Harris; established artists such as Antonio Hart; and rising stars like Jazzmeia Horn, bringing an unmistakable celebration of God, and the art of jazz.

The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats, an Ensemble of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, includes some of the city's finest young Afro Latin jazz performers from high schools across the five boroughs. These talented teens study free of charge with GRAMMY Award-winning pianist and bandleader Arturo O'Farrill, trumpeter Jim Seeley, percussionist Zack O'Farrill and saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown at Fat Cat jazz club. Under the direction of ALJA Education Manager, David Cordeiro, they study theory and learn and perform classic works from the Latin jazz repertory, including selections from the repertory of the GRAMMY Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The ensembles have performed around New York at the Birdland Jazz Club, St. Peter's Jazz on the Plaza, the 3rd Annual Afro Latino Festival, and other venues. Program graduates have gone on for advanced study at leading music colleges and conservatories such as Oberlin, SUNY Purchase, Berklee College of Music, and the Hart Conservatory of Music.

Emmanuel Baptist Church is located at 279 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. For more information on the Jazz Vespers, go to http://ebcconnects.com/jazzvespers/ or call (718) 622-1107.

More Information: http://ebcconnects.com/jazzvespers/

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