Blitz Buzz

Arturo O'Farrill & Baba Israel performing at the first Blitz Buzz at the Twin Gourmet Bodega. photo by Argenis Apolinario

Arturo O’Farrill and Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education are proud to present BLITZ, a new Bronx-based latin jazz ensemble. Created by multi-Grammy award-winning, pianist, composer and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill, Blitz is a form of “guerrilla jazz.” Its mission is to breakdown the traditional boundaries, stereotypes and preconceived notions around jazz in order to promote its growth as a genre and ability to reach new audiences.


Premiering original music inspired by local Bronxites, the musicians: Arturo O'Farrill (piano), Will Calhoun (drums), Bam Bam Rodríguez (bass), Alejandro Avilés (saxophone), Kali Rodríguez-Peña (trumpet), will be performing with interdisciplinary artist collaborators from unexpected genres including Baba Israel (beat-boxing), Liza Peterson (spoken word), Libaña Maraza (Garifuna punta), The Mariachi Academy / Flor De Toloache, Baron Ambrosia (chef and “Cultural Ambassador” for The Bronx), Helga Davis (opera-fusion vocalist), The Legacy Women (Dominican palos / salves), and Casita’s Step [It Up] Team in nontraditional venues throughout the South Bronx such as a bodega, carwash and tattoo parlor.

BLITZ is completely FREE – that means no tickets, RSVP’s or even advanced notifications are needed. Inspired by the origins of afro latin jazz, the music takes place in the spaces of daily life, work and common rituals. It is wherever you are.

To promote BLITZ, O’Farrill and Casita Maria will be partnering with BronxNet to produce BLITZ Buzz, a series of online webisodes. Filmed on-site at the same local South Bronx public spaces and businesses as full Blitz performances, BLITZ Buzz will feature interviews by BLITZ “mentor-ees” Casita youth of each BLITZ ensemble member and one of the collaborating artists. Unscripted and fun – anything can happen during BLITZ Buzz! Impromptu jazz fusion, uncensored, real conversations and perhaps a spontaneous dish of arroz con habicuelas or an even a improv haircut or tattoo.

For more information and details contact Luis Pagan, Marketing & Media Manager at Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education or visit Casita Maria’s website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages: @CasitaMariaBX

Schedule of Events

Interviews with: Arturo O’Farrill & Baba Israel

Tues, Jan. 17, 2017, 7 PM
Twins Gourmet Bodega
1006 E. 163rd Street
Bronx, NY 10459


Interviews with: Will Calhoun & Libaña Maraza with The Legacy Women

Wed, Feb. 22, 2017, 7 PM
Atlixco Unisex Barber Shop
837 Intervale Ave. 
Bronx, NY 10459