The Cuban jazz great’s son Arturo O’Farrill will lead a concert at the Manhattan School of Music honoring his father’s legacy.
Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies has acquired Cuban jazz great Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill’s music and personal archives. The collection includes O’Farrill’s renowned “Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite” and other compositions essential to the history of both Latin music and jazz.
"Chico would've been honored to know that his work is now available to scholars and students of jazz history,” Chico’s son Arturo O’Farrill said in an announcement from the Institute.
The O’Farrill acquisition will be the first major Latin jazz collection to become part of the 60-year-old institute’s archives, where jazz greats including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Benny Carter and many others are represented. The O'Farrill Family and Estate donated the collection representing Chico’s legacy, which includes original music manuscripts, photographs and sound recordings.