The GRAMMY Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), led by Arturo O’Farrill, brings together big band jazz, Latin music, and eighteen of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians. Eighteen years of critically acclaimed performances internationally have firmly established the ALJO as the standard-bearer for creative interpretation of Latin jazz greats such as Tito Puente, Frank “Machito” Grillo, and Chico O’Farrill, as well as the driving force behind new commissions from Latin music’s most talented composers and arrangers.
The ALJO has played at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Kennedy Center, Symphony Hall (Boston), BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, The Newport Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival (Kent, CT), Joyce Theater with Ballet Hispánico, Rialto Center for the Arts (Atlanta), Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts with Ballet Hispánico (New Orleans), Megaron: The Athens Concert Hall (Athens, Greece), and the Taichung Jazz Festival (Taichung, Taiwan), among many other venues around the world. Presenting programs that range from dance music to repertoire that pushes the genre forward, the ALJO commissions and performs compositions and big band arrangements by O’Farrill, Antonio Sánchez, Miguel Zenón, Dafnis Prieto, Guillermo Klein, Pablo Mayor, Michele Rosewoman, Emilio Solla, Papo Vázquez, Vijay Iyer, and many others.