New Purchase faculty member Arturo O'Farrill, a distinguished musician and composer who Directs the Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra, has received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album.
He is one of five nominees and the album is called Song For Chico performed by Arturo O'Farrill and The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Zoho Music (2008).
The Grammy Awards take place February 8 in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on CBS television at 8 PM.
Woodrow Wilkins in All About Jazz comments, "As the pianist and music director on the album O'Farrill shows his skill as both a leader and a musician. Although he composed only one of the eight tracks, the music is performed with a sense of ownership, making for an album that is sure to please anyone with 'horns and percussion' as the main criteria for good music."
The album includes Juan Tizol's "Caravan" popularized by Duke Ellington, "Picadillo" by the late Tito Puente, the title song composed and arranged by drummer Dafanis Pietro among the selections.
According to Wilkins, O'Farrill "adopts various cultures and instruments into his music. Having performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Belafonte and many others, he began directing the band that preserved much of his late father's music, Chico O'Farrill's Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz."
Others vying for the award include: Caribbean Jazz Project, Conrad Herwig & the Latin Side Band, Nestor Torres, and Papo Vasquez The Mighty Pirates.