AFRO LATIN JAZZ ALLIANCE

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FREE AUDITIONS FOR ALL-STAR AFRO LATIN JAZZ YOUTH ORCHESTRA

DIRECTED BY GRAMMY WINNER ARTURO O’FARRILL

SEPTEMBER 22 & 29, 12 Noon – 3:00 pm FAT CAT JAZZ CLUB

CALLING ALL STUDENTS! The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats needs YOU! Be a part of an elite New York City all-star Afro Latin Jazz youth Orchestra open to middle and high school students throughout the five boroughs directed by GRAMMY Award winner Arturo O'Farrill. Auditions will be held on Sunday, September 22 and Sunday, September 29, 12PM – 3PM at the famed Greenwich Village jazz club Fat Cat located at 75 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue.

To schedule an audition, interested students, parents, and teachers should contact Josh Kaye, Education Associate at jkaye@afrolatinjazz.org or call for more details: 315-404-3874.

Audition times based on instrument group:

•Brass instruments (trumpets, trombones) will audition from 12PM to 1PM

•Woodwinds (saxophones) will audition from 1PM to 2PM

•Rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, percussion) will audition from 2PM to 3PM

Requirements

•Students will be asked to sight read a piece of music, prepare two works (of both slow and fast tempos), play together with a rhythm section, and improvise

•Suggested donation of $10 upon audition

FAT AFRO LATIN JAZZ CATS

The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats is a pre professional youth orchestra administered by the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. Now beginning its fourth year, this New York City all-star youth big band is under the direction of Arturo O’Farrill at the famed Greenwich Village jazz club Fat Cat. The orchestra includes some of the city’s finest young musicians who hail from all over the five boroughs. They perform classic works from the Latin jazz repertory as well as new works by members of the group. The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats rehearse weekly on Sunday afternoons and perform at Fat Cat and other venues around New York City. Participation in the orchestra prepares students for advanced music study at specialized colleges and conservatories. Previous members have been accepted to schools such as Hart Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music and the Music Conservatory at SUNY at Purchase, New York.

ABOUT THE AFRO LATIN JAZZ ALLIANCE

The nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) was established by Arturo O’Farrill in 2007 to promote Afro Latin Jazz through a comprehensive array of performance and educational programs. It provides institutional support for the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and offers instruction to young students. ALJA introduces Afro Latin jazz to new audiences, and maintains a world-class collection of Latin Jazz musical scores and recordings. ALJA programs celebrate Latino contributions to American jazz and explore the rich diversity of Jazz in the Americas. The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance is a partner project of the Fund for the City of New York and maintains an office at the Harlem School of the Arts – Herb Alpert Center where O’Farrill and the ALJO are artists-in-residence. For more information on the ALJA, ALJO, and Educational Programs, visit: www.afrolatinjazz.org or call 212/283-4086.