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Chico O'Farrill (1921–2001)

A master trumpeter-composer-arranger who blended Jazz, European Classical, and Afro-Cuban rhythms created one of the most impressive and respected Big Band sounds of any era. He became interested in Jazz while he was attending military school in the United States, much to the chagrin of his father who had expected him to become a lawyer. Shortly ... See full bio »

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Known For

Mexico Never Sleeps Music Department
The Woman Chaser Soundtrack
Eros Soundtrack


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 2018 The Man in the High Castle (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The New Colossus (2018) ... (writer: "Jungla")
 2004 Eros (performer: "The Second Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite") / (writer: "The Second Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite")
 2002 Hollywood Ending (writer: "Descarga" (1955))
 2002 The Kid Stays in the Picture (Documentary) (performer: "Sin Titulo")
 1999 The Woman Chaser (performer: "Cuban Blues", "Fiesta Time") / (writer: "Cuban Blues", "Fiesta Time")
 1999 The Thomas Crown Affair (performer: "The Windmills of Your Mind")
 1959 Mexico Never Sleeps (arranger: "La cucaracha") / (writer: "Up North")
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 1976 The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
 1959 Mexico Never Sleeps (music arranger: "La cucaracha")
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 1983 Guaguasi
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 2004 Jazz de Cuba (Documentary)
 2000 Calle 54 (Documentary)

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Other Works:

Other projects included compositions with Clark Terry (Three Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods," 1970), saxophonist Gato Barbieri ("Latin America Chapter 3: Viva Emiliano Zapata," 1974) Gillespie ('Oro, Incienso y Mirra," 1975) and Bowie ("Black Tie, White Noise," 1993).

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The Duke Ellington of Latin Jazz

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