From The New York Times: “A Family’s Legacy, Afro-Cuban Jazz”

“IF there is such a thing as a first family of Afro-Cuban jazz, the O’Farrill clan has a right to claim that distinction.

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Arturo O’Farrill and his sons Zack, left, a drummer, and Adam. Part of Mr. O’Farrill’s mission is to “pay a debt forward ” in the name of his father, Chico.

Its members helped invent the hybrid genre back in the 1940s, when Chico O’Farrill came to New York from Havana, and in recent years they have worked to reinvigorate the music despite barriers in both Cuba and the United States.

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Chico O’Farrill conducting the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in 1998.

“We’re kind of people caught between two worlds,” said the pianist Arturo O’Farrill, Chico’s 50-year-old son. As such, he added, it’s his obligation to encourage “an evolving relationship between two countries that should never have been separated culturally” and to “pay a debt forward” in his father’s name.

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Chico O’Farrill and his son, Arturo, age 6, in an undated photo. (Courtesy of Arturo O’Farrill)

See the full wonderful article here.

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