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.
Alexa joined ALJO in 2017 and can be heard at their weekly residency at Birdland Jazz Club (Sunday nights). Recently, the ensemble has performed at City Center and Symphony Space in New York City featuring artists such as Omara Portuondo, Camerata Romeu, Ellis Marsalis, and Steven Bernstein & The Hot 9. ALJO also just finished their “Little Tiny Walls” Project, recording and performing at the border of Tijuana, Mexico and the U.S. with artists including Antonio Sanchez, Regina Carter, Akua Dixon, The Villalobos Brothers, and more. The record will be released in Fall of 2018.
Photos: David Garten