Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: 2018 ALJA Annual Fundraiser

June 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Highline Ballroom
431 W 16th St
New York, NY 10011

Featuring Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra w. special guests Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats…A Night of Mambo! in New York

Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz OrchestraFor one night only, join us for this classic New York-style big band Latin dance party with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, joined by guest vocalists Sammy González Jr., Cuban singer Iván Llanes, musical group Descarga POE (People-of-Earth) and other special guests, in a special night of mambo, the legendary dance style originally from Cuba.

Five time GRAMMY-Award winning Arturo O’Farrill and the 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), fresh off their California tour and a bi-coastal, cross border recording project, return to NYC in style with an evening of mambo-inspired Latin music to spark up the dance floor of the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan.

Warming up for the ALJO is Descarga POE, a scintillating offering of hip shaking infectious grooves from Cuba, Puerto Rico and beyond. POE (People of Earth) is a collective of some of the top young NYC based musicians whose origins span three continents, and most of whom are also teaching artists in ALJA’s music education programs.

The evening will open with performances from ALJA’s youth big band ensemble, the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats, who will have the chance to display their chops on the Highline stage as they prepare for their upcoming trip to Cuba at the end of the month. Proceeds from the night’s festivities will go to supporting the Fat Cats programs as well as ALJA’s Music Education Programs in the New York City public schools.