"I made one rule for myself, and I really try to live it: Play music you love, with people you love, for people you love. If I can't be that kind of musician, I’ll drive a cab."

  • Born Arturo O'Farrill on June 22, 1960, in Mexico City, Mexico
     
  • At the beginning of his career, pianist Arturo O'Farrill was a prized jazz sideman, working in the bands of such talents as Carla Bley, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, and Harry Belafonte. O’Farrill subsequently founded the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and his 2005 debut album with that group, Una Noche Inolvidable, earned him his first GRAMMY nomination.
     
  • O’Farrill won his first GRAMMY for Best Latin Jazz Album at the 51st GRAMMY Awards for Song For Chico.
     
  • O'Farrill founded the the Afro Latin Jazz Academy of Music, a year-long residency program dedicated to providing instrument and ensemble instruction to committed students throughout New York City.

Arturo O'Farrill, Jr.

"I made one rule for myself, and I really try to live it: Play music you love, with people you love, for people you love. If I can't be that kind of musician, I’ll drive a cab."

  • Born Arturo O'Farrill on June 22, 1960, in Mexico City, Mexico
     
  • At the beginning of his career, pianist Arturo O'Farrill was a prized jazz sideman, working in the bands of such talents as Carla Bley, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, and Harry Belafonte. O’Farrill subsequently founded the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and his 2005 debut album with that group, Una Noche Inolvidable, earned him his first GRAMMY nomination.
     
  • O’Farrill won his first GRAMMY for Best Latin Jazz Album at the 51st GRAMMY Awards for Song For Chico.
     
  • O'Farrill founded the the Afro Latin Jazz Academy of Music, a year-long residency program dedicated to providing instrument and ensemble instruction to committed students throughout New York City.

GRAMMY Award Results for Arturo O'Farrill, Jr.

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Wins
Best Instrumental Composition
The Afro Latin Jazz Suite
Nominations
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Cuba: The Conversation Continues
 
Wins
Best Latin Jazz Album
The Offense Of The Drum
 
Nominations
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
40 Acres And A Burro
 
Wins
Best Latin Jazz Album
Song For Chico
 
Nominations
Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album
Una Noche Inolvidable

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