Dafnis Prieto Big Band

Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Debut Album

To support the completion and release of the Dafnis Prieto Big Band’s debut album, led by Cuban-born drummer, composer, bandleader, and 2011 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Dafnis Prieto. Following the band’s world premiere at the historic Jazz Standard and recording sessions in New York City in August 2017, Prieto plans to master the album and release it on his independent music label, Dafnison Music in April 2018. Featuring nine compositions and arrangements by Prieto for big band, the project, his first big band album, showcases his talents as a trailblazing composer while honoring his musical heroes. Prieto is collaborating on this project with GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY-winning, Cuban American producer Eric Oberstein, long known for producing big band projects with Arturo O’Farrill.

At a Glance

Project Title

Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Debut Album

NFA Category

NALAC Fund for the Arts Artist Grant





Primary Social Theme



Hollywood, FL