The Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra will conclude its residency at Birdland, where it has performed almost every Sunday evening for over 15 years. Legendary Cuban composer and arranger Chico O’Farrill founded the orchestra in 1995 and his son, pianist Arturo O’Farrill, has directed the ensemble since his father’s passing in 2001.
Arturo O’Farrill issued the following statement:
“Chico O’Farrill’s music is a national treasure. The Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra is among the hardest swinging ensembles in the world. Our residency at Birdland has been a gift from on high. However, maintaining two big bands, a non-profit and my small groups, as well as being a teacher, father, husband and son has been difficult to balance. In an effort to streamline my life and put more attention on composing and performing, I’ve decided to end the residency of the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra on June 26th. I intend to return to Birdland in September with a new residency of some sort, but the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra will finish its extraordinary run at Birdland. I wish to thank first and foremost the musicians, Gianni Valenti and our Birdland family and most of all, our fans and friends throughout the planet. We love you all!”
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