Piano Judio GRAMMY® Award Winners Arturo O’Farrill and the
Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Present:
Falafel, Freilach, and Frijoles:
From Mambo to Borscht
Friday, Nov 2 at 8 pm / Saturday, Nov 3 at 8 pm
Program Examines Relationship Between Jewish and
Latino Communities Through Music Featuring Special Guest Artists STEVEN BERNSTEIN and LARRY HARLOW
The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance is pleased to announce the inaugural performance of the 11th season of the GRAMMY® Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), directed by Arturo O’Farrill.
Falafel, Freilach, and Frijoles: From Mambo to Borscht will examine the long and venerable relationship between the Latino and Jewish communities as evidenced by the history of Mambo and Salsa bands performing for avid dancers called “mamboniks” in the predominantly Jewish resort area of the Catskills known as the Borscht Belt. We will also be exploring the themes common to the larger Jewish and Latino communities, including a journey to the Middle East, the Mediterranean and North Africa. The evening will cast Jewish and Yiddish classics in Afro Latin big band versions and also set Latin classics in traditional Klezmer settings. The Orchestra will feature original music and performances by guest artist trumpeter/composer Steven Bernstein and that of ALJO member trombonist/composer Israeli-born Rafi Malkiel. “El Judio Maravilloso” Larry Harlow will be featured with the Orchestra performing classic Yiddish and Latin jazz compositions.