The Offense of the Drum has been nominated for best Latin jazz album. The orchestra incorporates harp, turntables and 28 types of percussion including timbales to djembe. The work “They Came” features Christopher “Chilo” Cajigas celebrates Puerto Rican contributions to America.
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About The Artist:
“The GRAMMY award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra ALJO, led by pianist, composer, and director Arturo O’Farrill, brings together the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music, and the virtuosity of eighteen of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians. Twelve 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.
Presenting programs that range from the very best in dance music sure to bring audiences to their feet, to repertoire that pushes the genre forward, the ALJO commissions and performs innovative compositions and big band arrangements by Vijay Iyer, Miguel Zenón, Dafnis Prieto, Guillermo Klein, Pablo Mayor, Arturo O’Farrill, Michele Rosewoman, Emilio Solla, Papo Vazquez, and many others.
The orchestra’s debut album Una Noche Inolvidable was a 2006 GRAMMY nominee and their second; Song for Chico ZOHO won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year in 2008. ALJO’s third album, 40 Acres and a Burro, ZOHO was a 2012 Grammy nominee for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. The ALJO has thrilled audiences at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center OUt of Doors, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston Symphony Hall, Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Litchfield Jazz Festival Kent, CT, The Joyce Theater with Ballet Hispanico, Rialto Center for the Performing Arts Atlanta, GA, Mahalia Jackson Theater – with Ballet Hispanico New Orleans Megaron Concert Hall Athens, Greece, and the Taichung Jazz Festival Taichung, Taiwan, among countless other venues.
The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is an artist-in-residence at the Harlem School of the Arts.”