Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
Rogers Whitmore Recital Hall
School of Fine Arts, Columbia, MO 65211
For the 2016/2017 Dr. Carlos Perez-Mesa Memorial Concert we welcome the return of pianist Arturo OFarrill, one of jazz most vivacious, entertaining and engaging performers. This go-round, rather than having him lead a small group or his octet, or even the Afro Cuban Latin Jazz Orchestra, which he inherited from Chico OFarrill, his famed father who was one of most revered post World War II big band leaders, we asked the New York based pianist to perform unaccompanied. There is nothing quite like a solo jazz piano concert, especially when it is in the hands of a wonderful technician who has total command of the instrument, and who grew up in such a unique richly cross cultural musical household. OFarrill can, and does, bring it all to the table.