Personalities | Chico O’Farrill | Forties | Jazz & Blues
(Trumpet, composer, arranger, 1921–2001)
Arturo ‘Chico’ O’Farrill arrived in New York from Havana in 1948 with a self-confessed low opinion of his native Cuban music by comparison with jazz, but found inspiration in the developing Afro-Cuban jazz movement led by Dizzy Gillespie, Machito and Mario Bauzá. He became a key figure in creating what he called the ‘very delicate marriage’ of Cuban music with jazz. His ‘Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite’ (1950) is a watershed work and launched a long and successful career. His son, Arturo, is also a major bandleader in Latin jazz.
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