February 23, 2007

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Weis Center at Bucknell University will present Jazz at Lincoln Center's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with Arturo O'Farrill Friday, March 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Jazz at Lincoln Center's acclaimed Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra was created by pianist Arturo O'Farrill at the urging of Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, to continue the innovations of musicians like Mario Bauza, Machito and O'Farrill's late father.

Winner of the 2003 Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award, O'Farrill has played piano with Dizzy Gillespie, The Fort Apache Band, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte, among many others.

In 1995 he agreed to direct the band that preserved much of his father's music, Chico O'Farrill's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, in residence at Birdland.

Grammy nomination

O'Farrill has appeared on numerous records including the Grammy-nominated Heart of a Legend, Carambola, and the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed movie "Calle 54."

When O'Farrill's orchestra played in California, Don Heckman of The Los Angeles Times said, "Rhythmic energy was bursting in all directions at the Hollywood Bowl!"

Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/.  The box office in the Weis Center also opens one hour prior to performances.

This performance has been made possible in part by a generous contribution from Nancy and Sam Craig. The 2006-07 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

J@LC's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with Arturo O'Farrill (photo by John Abbott)

Posted Feb. 23, 2007

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