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Chico O’Farrill


Chico O’Farrill was ideal within the thick from the Afro-Cuban and Latin waves that strike jazz in the past due ’40s and ’50s. His advanced composing for Latin big rings of the first ’50s was frequently daring, brassy, and anxious, yet he may possibly also attain a delicate, nearly classical atmosphere in such items as “Angels’ Trip” and function capably in bigger forms (the groundbreaking “Afro-Cuban Jazz Suites”). O’Farrill used the trumpet during military college in Georgia, time for Cuba like a full-fledged jazz lover after hearing the very best American big rings. He studied structure in his indigenous Havana and led his personal music group there before shifting to NEW YORK in 1948, where he quickly produced a name for himself composing music for Benny Goodman (“Undercurrent Blues”), Stan Kenton (“Cuban Show”), and Machito (“Afro-Cuban Jazz Collection”). From 1950 to 1954, O’Farrill produced six fiery 10″ albums of Latin and American big music group jazz for Clef and Norgran, which have already been reissued on the Verve two-CD collection, Cuban Blues. He also made an appearance with his personal music group at Birdland and toured the U.S. Toward the finish of the 10 years, he shifted to Mexico Town, returning to NY in 1965 to are arranger and music movie director of it series Festival from the Lively Arts also to create arrangements for Count number Basie. O’Farrill also place his classical teaching to utilize by writing items for symphony orchestra such as for example “Three Cuban Dances” and “Symphony No. 1.” Though he continuing to write items for Machito, Kenton, Gato Barbieri, and Dizzy Gillespie in to the ’70s, there have been no recording classes under O’Farrill’s name from 1966 until 1995, when he arrived roaring back within the picture, his creativity and vigor miraculously undamaged, with the exceptional Pure Emotion Compact disc (Milestone). He documented two more solid albums for Milestone, the final becoming Carambola, released in Oct 2000. Eight weeks afterwards, on June 27, 2001, Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill passed away while hospitalized in NY.

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Full Name Chico O'Farrill
Died June 27, 2001, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Composer, Conductor, Trumpeter, Music Arranger
Education Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College
Nationality Cuban
Spouse Lupe Valero
Children Arturo O'Farrill, Georgina O'Farrill
Awards Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition
Music Songs Cuban Blues, Carambola, Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite, Spanish Rice, Pure Emotion, Almendra, Havana Blues, Peanut Vendor, Mambo Korula, Cachita, Super Chops, Cry Baby Blues, Frizilandia, Rumbonsito, Jatp Mambo, Mambo for Bunto, Guaguasi, Afro-Cuban Suite, El Bodeguero, You Stepped Out of a Dream, No Te Importe Saber, Sin Titulo, Vanna's Song, Cástigala, More Mambo, Bright One, Angel's Flight, Manteca, Vamos Pa la Rumba, Tierra Va Tembla, Ill Wind, Avocadoes
Albums Spanish Rice, Nine Flags, Heart of a Legend, Chico's Cha-Cha-Cha (Mono Version), The Complete Norman Granz Recordings, Fiebre Tropical, EL Hechizo Rítmico, JazzCuba, Vol. 3: Chico O'Farril, Perlas Cubanas: Chico O'farrill, Latin Jazz Explosion, Carambola, Cuban Blues: The Chico O'Farrill Sessions, The Rhythmic Spell of Chico O'Farrill & El Árabe, Super Chops, Latin Jazz, Vol. 10
Nominations Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album
Movies Eros

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1 Father of musician-composer Arturo O'Farrill.
2 Was born in Havana, Cuba to an upper-middle-class family; his father was from Ireland and his mother had a German background.
3 Latin jazz musician, composer, and bandleader.
4 Children: Arturo and Georgina



Eros 2004 performer: "The Second Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite" / writer: "The Second Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite"
Hollywood Ending 2002 writer: "Descarga" 1955
The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002 Documentary performer: "Sin Titulo"
The Woman Chaser 1999 performer: "Cuban Blues", "Fiesta Time" / writer: "Cuban Blues", "Fiesta Time"
The Thomas Crown Affair 1999 performer: "THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND"
México nunca duerme 1959 "Up North" / arranger: "La cucaracha"

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The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People 1976 TV Series musical director - 1 episode
México nunca duerme 1959 music arranger: "La cucaracha"



Guaguasi 1983



Jazz de Cuba 2004 Documentary
Calle 54 2000 Documentary Piano

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