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Arturo O'Farrill and the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra: Final Night at Birdland

Read "Final Night at Birdland" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On June 26, 2011, Arturo O'Farrill and the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra ended a fifteen-year run at New York City's Birdland, and--to our good fortune--had the foresight to record that very special event for everyone to hear and appreciate. The orchestra's scion, the great Chico O'Farrill, was still living when the ensemble made its ...

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Take Five With Dan Meinhardt

Read "Take Five With Dan Meinhardt" reviewed by Daniel Meinhardt

Meet Dan Meinhardt:
Dan Meinhardt is a young saxophonist quickly making a name for himself. He has made appearances with some of the Northwest's finest musicians and has been a first-call player for touring groups and pits.

In June 2012, Dan released his first album, Gone West. It contains eight original compositions and ...

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David Bixler: The Nearest Exit May Be Inside Your Head

Read "The Nearest Exit May Be Inside Your Head" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist David Bixler's ties to pianist Arturo O'Farrill have had positive and negative consequences. The positives are a raised profile, a fairly steady gig for twelve years and counting, and the opportunity to paint atop brilliantly arranged Latin platforms of varying shapes, colors and sizes for audiences around the world. So, one might wonder, what could ...

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Arturo O'Farrill: 40 Acres And A Burro

Read "40 Acres And A Burro" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bandleader Chico O'Farrill created a template of sorts, fusing big band bravura with Latin sounds in his Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra. While his son followed in his footsteps, Arturo O'Farrill has demonstrated a broader vision, looking past the island of his origins and developing a pan-Latin approach to jazz repertoire for his appropriately named Afro Latin ...

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Take Five With David Bixler

Read "Take Five With David Bixler" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet David Bixler:

Alto saxophonist, composer, and educator David Bixler has been steadily garnering attention for his unique playing and writing. Since moving to New York City from his native Wisconsin, David has performed and toured with the orchestras of Lionel Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Duke Ellington.

In 2000 he joined ...

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David Bixler and Arturo O'Farrill: The Auction Project

Read "The Auction Project" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Cuba and Ireland are worlds apart in virtually every way, but the universal language of music--is often culture-blind. The Auction Project was born out of a marriage between two longtime musical partners--saxophonist David Bixler and pianist Arturo O'Farrill--and a marriage between, well...two married people. Bixler and O'Farrill, longtime band mates and label mates on Zoho Music, ...

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David Bixler and Arturo O'Farrill: The Auction Project

Read "The Auction Project" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Altoist and composer David Bixler leads The Auction Project, with Grammy-winning pianist Arturo O'Farrill, who has described this album as being “very much about colliding cultures." This may slightly overstate things but the album does represent what is, for jazz, a rather unusual meeting of cultures.

Half of The Auction Project is devoted ...

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David Bixler and Arturo O'Farrill: The Auction Project

Read "The Auction Project" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Stylistically, The Auction Project is slightly out-of-focus. It is ostensibly the meeting of Arturo O'Farrill's Irish-Latin roots at the corner of David Bixler and Heather Martin Bixler. However, there is much to endorse the music made here, not the least of which is the presence of the two Chico O'Farrill big band alumni. Bixler's “Heptagonesque" is ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John Geggie: Unexpected Conversations

Read "John Geggie: Unexpected Conversations" reviewed by John Kelman

Most cities have them: musicians who act like a lightning rod, focusing and driving their jazz scenes. In Ottawa, Canada, bassist John Geggie has been one of those significant focal points for two decades, but in particular over the past ten years. He's one of the founding organizers and faculty members of Jazzworks which, amongst other ...

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Arturo O'Farrill: Risa Negra

Read "Risa Negra" reviewed by J Hunter

Pianist Arturo O'Farrill describes the music on Risa Negra as “Latin/jazz/funk/classical." By “accepted" standards, that means it won't fit into established musical pigeonholes; the Latin, funk, and jazz contingents won't go for it because of the classical angle, and the classical contingent won't go for it because ... well, there's something other than classical music involved. ...