January 27, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
Last weekend at two concerts, the pianist and his big band celebrated its first decade. Congratulations!
THIS weekend, they're on JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater -- Sunday, January 29, at 6pm and Wednesday, February 1, at 6:30.
Jon Pareles wrote in The New York Times, "[The orchestra's] 18-piece lineup preserves the sound of the great old Latin dance bands, a demanding repertory in itself. But Latin jazz in New York City has always had a progressive, experimental side . . . . [and] The orchestra continues that mission, welcoming new compositions that fling wild dissonances and abstruse rhythms into the mix. It also embraces music from across the Americas, old and new, playing all of its diverse material with the same precision and fire it brings to a mambo workout."
Jon Faddis is a special guest for Calidoscopio and Exuberante, two movements from "Three Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods" by Chico O'Farrill, Arturo's father.
Forty Acres and A Burro, the latest ALJO album, is Grammy-nominated. Awards to be announced on February 12.
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