Professor Arturo O’Farrill, head of Jazz Ensembles at the Conservatory, has followed up on his award at last year’s Grammy’s with two more nominations for his band’s latest recording. Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s Cuba: The Conversation Continues has been nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and Best Instrumental Composition (“The Afro Latin Jazz Suite”). The New York Times has described the album as “Bursts with vital purpose… an album worthy of its moment. Arturo was also the subject of a recent piece on NPR discussing the recent thawing of U.S. relations with Cuba. The October 22 edition of Jazz Night In America was titled Arturo O’Farrill Presents ‘Cuba: The Conversation Continues’ in which O’Farrill described his views of the renewed relationship with his father’s homeland, his ideas about cultural ties, and his commitment to blending the rich musical heritage of both countries.