featuring Adam O’Farrill, trumpet, compositions, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, tenor saxophone, Walter Stinson, bass, and Zack O’Farrill, drums. 121 Club, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA
Adam O’Farrill was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 8th, 1994, surrounded by a deep musical legacy. His grandfather was Chico O’Farrill, the legendary Afro-Cuban composer and arranger. His father is jazz pianist and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill. His mother, Alison Deane, is a classical pianist and professor at CUNY City College. His brother, Zack O’Farrill, is a drummer and composer. Adam began studying piano at age 6, and trumpet at age 8.
O’Farrill has garnered substantial praise for his debut recording, Stranger Days (Sunnyside, 2016), which features Lefkowitz-Brown, Stinson and brother Zack.
“One striking thing about Stranger Days is how self-secure and disencumbered it sounds,” writes Nate Chinen in the New York Times. “Marshaling a sharp band of his peers, Mr. O’Farrill establishes both a firm identity and a willful urge to stretch and adapt. At times it can evoke the recent precedent of bands led by the trumpeters Dave Douglas or Ambrose Akinmusire, but in a way that feels natural and untroubled. (The recording) is a potent declaration of independence, as much as it is a glowing indication of promise.”
Adam O’Farrill finished third at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition. In March 2014, Adam was a member of MSM Jazz Arts Quintet, who won 1st place at the Keep an Eye Competition in Amsterdam, NL. O’Farrill also won the Best Soloist prize for his performance. He is also a recipient of the ASCAP Gerswhin Award and the ASCAP Student Jazz Composer Award.
He has co-led Giant Peaches and Sensing Flight (Zoho) by the O’Farrill Brothers Band and is featured on one of the most acclaimed recordings of 2015: Rudresh Mahanthappa’s, Bird Calls (Act).
Will Layman of PopMatters writes: “Adam O’Farrill, just a kid, feels like a headline flying off the front of the Times: sizzling and sharp, assured the way you dream of being, and unable to play an obvious line, a cliché, a standard phrase.”