The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance

"That he's a great pianist and bandleader is without question, but Arturo O'Farrill is also a critical thinker, a wit, a virtuoso modernist who knows how to have fun onstage. His late father, the pioneer Cuban bandleader Chico O'Farrill, left a daunting legacy. But O'Farrill honors that by seeking new possibilities."The Village Voice

"Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is one of the best jazz orchestras in existence, a powerhouse outfit whose precise section work is enhanced by thrilling soloists."The New Yorker

"Mr. O’Farrill has honed the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra to handle dizzyingly complex music with earthy joy."The New York Times

"[T]he Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra [is a] remarkable New York institution."The New York Times

"If there is such a thing as a first family of Afro-Cuban jazz, the O’Farrill clan has a right to claim that distinction."The New York Times

"Mr. O'Farrill is a magnificent player... sharp, splashy, and driving."The New York Times

"The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra sounds great with precision brass and saxophone work…. a warm, cohesive sound…."The New York Times

"The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra fuels dancing and joy."The Gilmore Festival

"This is the finest band I have ever performed with in my life. They make me feel as if I have returned to Cuba."Bebo Valdés

The nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) was established by Arturo O’Farrill in 2007 to promote Afro Latin Jazz through a comprehensive array of performance and education programs. It provides institutional support for the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, offers instruction to young students, introduces new audiences to Afro Latin Jazz, and maintains a world-class collection of Latin Jazz musical scores and recordings. ALJA programs celebrate Latino contributions to American Jazz and explore the rich diversity of Jazz in the Americas. These programs acknowledge the past while honoring the African roots of Latin Jazz. They sustain the Latin Jazz heritage in the present day by performing the works of masters of the genre and ensure the future of Latin Jazz by commissioning and performing new works and educating young musicians and audiences. The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture and the Harlem Arts Alliance. The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance is a Partner Project of the Fund for the City of New York and maintains an office at the Harlem School of the Arts where Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra are artists-in-residence.

Harlem School of the Arts