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Grammy-winner Arturo O’Farrill will Headline Miami Dade College’s Annual Jazz Under the Stars Concert Nov. 1

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Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O’Farrill

Miami, October 1, 2013 - This year’s Jazz Under the Stars concert, presented by Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus and MDC Live Arts, will heat up South Florida with Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Hosted by CBS 4 anchor and MDC alumna Marybel Rodriguez, the concert will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Kendall Campus.

Several guest artists will round out this magical evening, including Cheito Quiñones, MDC Professors Ed Calle, Timothy Brent, Jack Ciano, and Matthew Bonelli, MDC alumna Wendy Pedersen, and the MDC Studio Jazz Ensemble. O’Farrill will also take part in anextended residency at MDC working with students in the music division at Kendall campus, some of whom will appear on stage with him during his performance. All proceeds will benefit MDC students pursuing degrees in music, theater and dance at the campus.

“Jazz Under the Stars brings together our students, faculty, alumni, and community for a great cause,” said MDC Kendall Campus President Dr. Lourdes Oroza. “We are honored to present Arturo O’Farrill and other brilliant artists on one stage for a very special night.”

O’Farril is a pianist, composer, educator, and founder and artistic director of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. Son of the legendary Cuban composer Chico O’Farrill, he was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. In 2002, he created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for Jazz at Lincoln Center. His debut album with the orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable (An Unforgettable Night), earned him a Grammy Award nomination in 2006. The orchestra’s second album, Song for Chico, earned a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2009.  In February 2011, O’Farrill and his orchestra released their third and latest album, 40 Acres and a Burro, which was also nominated for a Grammy. O’Farrill has also appeared the soundtracks to the critically acclaimed films Calle 54 and Chico and Rita.  In addition, he is the winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003.

Educated at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, O’Farrill played piano with the Carla Bley Big Band and then went on to develop his solo career with a wide spectrum of artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. In 1995, he agreed to direct the band that preserved much of his father’s music, the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra.   

As an educator, he has taught master classes, seminars, and workshops throughout the world. O’Farrill has served as the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist in Residence at Lafayette College, visiting artist at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, assistant professor of jazz at The University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and as assistant professor at SUNY Purchase. He is currently on the faculty at Brooklyn College.

Now in its seventh year, Jazz Under the Stars has featured some of the biggest names in Latin music and jazz, including Jon Secada, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Albita, Los Herederos, Poncho Sanchez, and more.

Miami Dade College (MDC) is proud to be the home of MDC Live Arts – an initiative of MDC’s Cultural Affairs Department created in 1990 as Cultural del Lobo. MDC Live Arts has a celebrated history of bringing exceptional national and international performing artists to the region. Annually, it produces a diverse series of stellar performances, presenting today’s most exciting artists while creating meaningful encounters between these artists, the students of MDC, and the community through workshops and residency activities. It seeks artists from around the globe representing a diverse range of voices and forms, which push boundaries and honor traditions relevant to this multi-cultural, multi-lingual community.



MDC Kendall Campus and MDC Live Arts Present Seventh Annual Jazz Under the Stars

  • WHEN: Friday, Nov. 1, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Kendall Campus, Fred Shaw Plaza 11011 SW 104 St.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for MDC employees. Free admission for MDC students with valid ID.

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