The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra was created in 2002 as a sister ensemble to JALC's Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Led by pianist Arturo O'Farrill, the ALJO performs Latin jazz classics and newly commissioned works.
After the performance at Michigan State University's Wharton Center, the 18-piece band travels to Champaign, Illinois; Amherst, Massachusetts; Los Angeles; Newark, New Jersey; and Princeton, New Jersey.
The group also plans a July performance in Mount Vernon, New York, and a series of dates in August and September. Complete tour dates are below.
March 25: Wharton Center, East Lansing, MI
April 5: University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
April 9: University of Massachusetts—Amherst, Amherst, MA
April 14: Bovard Auditorium, University of Southern California (with guest Claudia Acuna), Los Angeles, CA
April 22: New Jersey Performing Arts Center/NJPAC (with guest Arturo Sandoval), Newark, NJ
April 23: McCarter Theatre (with guest Arturo Sandoval), Princeton, NJ
July 5: City Hall Plaza, Mount Vernon, NY
August 27: Bard College, Annandale-on Hudson, NY
September 9: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (w/guest Paquito D'Rivera), Cerritos, CA
September 10: Jazz on the River—Johnson's Beach (w/guest Paquito D'Rivera), Guernville, CA
September 11: Location to be announced (w/guest Paquito D'Rivera), Eugene, OR