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Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: East Meets West TONIGHT at Symphony Space!

February 1, 2013

The combustible but precision-honed Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by the pianist-composer Arturo O’Farrill, has been teasing out connections with each of its concerts this season. In this case the premise is simple: a bicoastal Latin-jazz summit, with hints of rivalry and rapprochement. The special guest will be the conguero John Santos, an insightful eminence from the San Francisco Bay Area, and a former leader of the Machete Ensemble and the Orquesta Batachanga.

East Meets West will explore the development of West Coast Latin Jazz with featured guest artists. There has been an unspoken rivalry between East and West Coast Latin Jazz movements. The scene California has given birth to, if not quite as old, is just as complex and profound, spawning incredible artists. To extinguish the rivalry and give heartfelt recognition to our West Coast brethren, guest artist John Santos, a significant artist from California, will guest curate and perform and be a part of the 7PM pre-performance discussion on Friday, February 1. The show starts at 8 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400, $20, $15 for members and students.

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