Jazz as Global Experiment

with Arturo O’Farrill
Thursday, October 15, 2020 • Thursday, October 29, 2020 •
Friday, November 6, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations are no longer being accepted.

Jazz is widely described as an American invention, but jazz, in its essence and historically, belongs to no single nation-state. We will examine jazz as an inheritance of Africa, a response to the slave trade, and a dignified gift of love and generosity in return for brutality and violence. Filtered through and influenced by all of the Americas, jazz is best exemplified as a global experiment in human freedom and triumph over oppression.

Arturo O’Farrill, pianist, composer, and educator, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. He received his formal musical education at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Arturo’s professional career began with the Carla Bley Band and continued as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte.

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