ALJOAfro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
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Much as the Vanguard Orchestra evolved from the Thad Jones--Mel Lewis Big Band, the ALJO evolved from the Chico O'Farrill Orchestra of the 1990s.
Arturo O'Farrill (who learned a great deal from his father and also played and recorded in the Latin-infused bends of Dizzy Gillespie) connects to the goals of the ALJO with that of his predecessors stating, "The AL J0 will perform the very best of the canon of the Afro-Latin genre.
The ALJO is going to fill a void in the New York cultural scene by playing the classics of the Afro-Latin jazz tradition, commissioning new works and playing dances.