Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill (October 28, 1921 – June 27, 2001) was a Cuban composer, arranger, and conductor, best known for his work in the Latin idiom, specifically Afro-Cuban jazz or "Cubop", although he also composed traditional jazz pieces and even symphonic works.
Born to an Irish father and a German mother, he played the trumpet early in his career. He composed works for Machito (Afro-Cuban suite with Charlie Parker, 1950) and Benny Goodman's Bebop Orchestra ("Undercurrent Blues"), and arranged for Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Kenton, among others.
In the 1990s O'Farrill led a big band that took up residence at New York's Birdland nightclub. Chico's son, pianist Arturo O'Farrill, eventually took over the band.
Birth and Death Data: Born October 28th, 1921 (Havana), Died June 27th, 2001 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1967
Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||119508||8/16/1967||Green onions||Count Basie Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||L 14618||8/16/1967||Goin' out of my head||Count Basie Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||L 14619||8/16/1967||Hang on sloopy||Count Basie Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||L 14620||8/16/1967||Green onions||Count Basie Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||L 14621||8/16/1967||Knock on wood||Count Basie Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||L 14622||8/15/1967||Bright lights, big city||Count Basie Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||L 14623||8/15/1967||Mercy, mercy, mercy||Count Basie Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||L 14624||8/15/1967||Don't let the sun catch you crying-1||Count Basie Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||L 14625||8/15/1967||Ain't too proud to beg||Count Basie Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||L 14626||8/17/1967||Let the good times roll||Count Basie Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||L 14627||8/17/1967||Reach out, I'll be there||Count Basie Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||L 14628||8/17/1967||In the heat of the night||Count Basie Orchestra||arranger|
|Decca||L 14629||8/17/1967||Memphis, Tennessee||Count Basie Orchestra||arranger|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "O'Farrill, Chico," accessed July 31, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116261.
O'Farrill, Chico. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116261.
"O'Farrill, Chico." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.
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