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Members of Los Mua Equitos de Matanzas and Michel Herrera from Cuba to Perform at Fundraiser May 18 Benefiting the Chico O'Farrill School of Jazz

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NEW YORK—The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance announced today that members of Cuba's legendary Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, as well as Cuban saxophonist Michel Herrera, will perform at its fundraiser benefiting the Chico O'Farrill School of Jazz (COSJ) to be held Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City from 6-9PM.

Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cuba's premiere Afro-Cuban folkloric group, recently concluded a three-day residency at Symphony Space in their first visit to New York since 2002. Current Muñequitos members Ana Pérez and Luís Cancino Morales will perform, as well as special guests Ramón “Sandy" García Pérez, Roman Díaz, Eddy Mauricio Herrera, Lisa Maria Salb, and Wilson “Chembo" Corniel.

Michel Herrera is a 26-year-old Cuban saxophonist and leader of the critically acclaimed Cuban group Joven Jazz.

The evening will also include performances by Arturo O'Farrill and the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Andrea Brachfeld and Phoenix Rising, and Aruán Ortiz and Camarada Urbana.

The Chico O'Farrill School of Jazz is an ongoing Cuban-American music educational exchange, with the pilot program scheduled for December 2011. The program is co-sponsored by the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, the Cuban Institute of Music, the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory of Music, and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University. The school's namesake, legendary composer and arranger Chico O'Farrill, is celebrated as one of the master architects of modern big band Afro Cuban jazz.

The inaugural program includes a weeklong intensive in Havana where a faculty of Cuban and American artist teachers will work closely with Cuban music students. The intensive will culminate in a concert at the Havana Plaza Jazz Festival. In subsequent years the program will last several weeks, ultimately expanding to a ten-week semester where American students participate in the program in Cuba and Cuban students participate in the program in the United States.

Donation $75.00

The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th St (b/w 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10011
RSVP online or to Eric Oberstein (646.723.4276, eoberstein@afrolatinjazz.org)
Advance Payment: online, check, or at the door

Founded in 2007, the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance is dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin Jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. The Alliance maintains a world-class collection of Latin jazz musical scores and recordings, provides institutional support for the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and provides education programs for young musicians and new audiences.


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