Chico O'Farrill

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

Recordings

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  

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116261

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