Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill, Jazz Musician

Grammy nominated jazz musician, composer, and band leader Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill was born on October 28, 1921 in Havana, Cuba.  His mother was Cuban and his father was Irish. O’Farrill was one of the early influencers of American bebop and swing, as he introduced Latin rhythm to the jazz scene of the late 1940s through the 1960s.  His groundbreaking works were the “Afro-Cuban Suite,” “Aztec Suite,” and “Cuban Dances”.  Later in the 1990s, he lived in Los Angeles, and worked with musicians David Bowie and Wynton Marsalis.  O’Farrill continued his love of composing and creating music, releasing his final album, Carambola, the year before his death in 2001.

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