Art + Culture

Jazzmobile Presents Arturo O’Farrill Concert 8/18

Jazzmobile returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park with a free concert by acclaimed Afro-Cuban Jazz pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill on Monday August 18th. Jazzmobile, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting jazz music, serves the greater New York community by creating free outdoor concerts and quality education programs. This summer marks Jazzmobile’s fourth year of concerts in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Son of Cuban composer Chico O’Farill, Arturo O’Farrill was born with jazz music in his veins. In 2002, Mr. O’Farrill founded the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) to bring together musicians who are passionate about Latin rhythms, African-based percussion instruments, and modern jazz and swing. Since its founding, ALJO has received several Grammy nominations, including winning the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz album in 2008. In 2007, Mr. O’Farrill founded the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance to bring ALJO’s unique sound to a wide variety of audiences including low-income families, youth, and senior citizens.

In the Brooklyn Bridge Park press release, President Regina Myer stated, “I am thrilled to welcome Jazzmobile back for its fourth season at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Jazzmobile has been a wonderful addition to our summer lineup and we are proud to be hosting acclaimed pianist, composer and educator, Arturo O’Farrill, at the park this year.”

If you’re looking for a relaxing weeknight activity, come over to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Harbor View Lawn on Pier 1 on Monday August 18th. The concert begins at 7pm but come early! The lawn fills up fast. On Monday night only, the East River Ferry will be extending its service between Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan for an additional hour by adding four trips at 15-minute intervals starting at 8:45 pm.

To learn more, check out Brooklyn Bridge Park’s website.