Arturo O'Farrill is a pianist, composer, and educator best known for his work in founding and leading the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Educated at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, Mr. O'Farrill played piano with the Carla Bley Big Band from 1979 through 1983. He then went on to develop as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. His debut album with the Orchestra “Una Noche Inolvidable” earned a GRAMMY award nomination in 2006. In the summer of 2007, Mr. O'Farrill served as Visiting Artist at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. He has recently been appointed Assistant Professor of Jazz at The University of Massachussetts in Amherst.