THE MAIN EVENT. Jamming With the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble … To Help Kids Make Music!

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If you’re gonna jam with the Fat Latin Afro Cats, you might as well do it in style. That’s exactly what we did last week at the NYC Mission Society’s “Champions For Children” annual gala, which honored Arturo O’Farrill, founder and artistic director of the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.

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After a lively cocktail hour, where our fearless EIC showed off a cute cocktail dress, we entered the ballroom on the 37th floor of NYC’s prestigious Mandarin Oriental hotel where Arturo received the two-century-old nonprofit’s Visionary Partner Award.

Last year, Arturo (pictured with his family up top) and his ensemble partnered with the Mission Society to launch GRIOT — Global Rhythms in Our Tribe — an educational program that provides free musical instruction to youth in Harlem and surrounding areas. GRIOT is rooted in a multi-cultural focus on global rhythms of the African Diaspora, providing music lessons to middle and high school students with opportunities to perform in solo and ensemble performances. DivaGals approve!

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The night also offered an evening of delicious dining.

Ready to get involved with the NYC Mission Society and GRIOT? Here’s where to learn more about their shared non-profit efforts to bring music to children’s ears.

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