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MCG Jazz 35th Anniversary Season Artist Change Update

PITTSBURGH, PA  -  MCG Jazz is announcing that on May 21, 2022, the multi-GRAMMY Award-winner Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will perform at MCG Jazz where Poncho Sanchez was originally scheduled.

The multi GRAMMY-Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), led by pianist, composer, and Artistic Director Arturo O’Farrill, blends the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music, and the virtuosity of eighteen of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians. Fifteen years of critically acclaimed performances internationally have firmly established the ALJO as a standard-bearer.


Their innovative repertoire pushes the genre forward, reflecting Arturo’s dual sensibilities of contemporary, improvisational jazz, honed by his work with the likes of Carla Bley, Lester Bowie and Dizzy Gillespie, with the Latin Jazz traditions pioneered by his father, the legendary Chico O’Farrill. ALJO has collaborated with and performed the compositions of noted artists like Antonio Sanchez, Miguel Zenon, Dafnis Prieto, Randy Weston, Michele Rosewoman, Lionel Loueke, Papo Vazquez, Vijay Iyer, and many others, including Arturo himself.


Arturo O’Farrill, pianist, composer, and educator was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. As the leader of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, which he founded in 2002, his vision is to bring the vital musical traditions of Afro Latin jazz to a wider general audience, and to expand the contemporary Latin jazz big band repertoire through commissions. In 2007, he founded the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the performance, education, and preservation of Afro Latin music.


Official statement from Poncho Sanchez management indicates that due to the vast community spread of COVID-19, Mr. Sanchez has elected not to travel at this time.


Current Poncho Sanchez ticket holders’ tickets are valid for entry to the Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra show on May 21, 2022.

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