Chico O'Farrill

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Genres: Jazz, Latin, World

Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill (October 28, 1921, in Havana - June 27, 2001, in New York City, New York USA) was a composer-arranger best known for his work in the Latin idiom, although he also composed straight-ahead jazz pieces and even symphonic works. The son of an Irish father and a German mother, he played the trumpet early in his career. He composed works for Machito (''Afro-Cuban suite'' with Charlie Parker, 1950) and Benny Goodman's Bebop Orchestra (''Undercurrent Blues'') and arranged for Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Kenton, among others. In the 1990s O'Farrill led a big band that took up residence at New York's famous Birdland nightclub. Chico's son, a pianist who is also named Arturo O'Fa... Continue Bio >>

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