An exceptionally gifted trumpet player and composer, Adam O'Farrill carries on his family's rich musical heritage with his own forward-thinking jazz. The grandson of Afro-Cuban composer Chico O'Farrill, he initially gained acclaim in the 2000s playing alongside his brother drummer Zack O'Farrill in their father pianist Arturo O'Farrill's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. After finishing third in the 2014 Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Trumpet Competition, he established himself as a leader and sideman playing with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, as well with his own quartet on albums like 2016's Stranger Days and 2018's El Maquech.
Born in 1994, O'Farrill grew up in Brooklyn the son of Grammy award-winning pianist Arturo O'Farrill and classical pianist Alison Deane. He is also the grandson of the legendary Afro-Cuban jazz composer Chico O'Farrill. Surrounded by music from birth, Adam started playing piano at age six and trumpet at eight. Along with his brother, drummer Zack O'Farrill, he was encouraged to play a variety of music at home including classical, jazz, and Afro-Latin styles. Focusing on jazz, he further developed in his teens attending Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, after which he earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
In 2009, Adam O'Farrill participated in the Jazz in the White House program as part of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The following year, he was chosen as a member of the Grammy Jazz Ensemble. Around this time, he issued several albums with his brother as the O'Farrill Brothers including 2009's Giant Peach and 2013's Sensing Flight. Also in 2013, he was awarded the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. He then came to wider recognition when he finished third at the 2014 Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Trumpet Competition. From 2014 to 2017, O'Farrill toured as a member of Rudresh Mahanthappa's band, during which time he also appeared on the saxophonist's album Bird Calls. He also played on his father's Grammy-nominated 2015 album Cuba: The Conversation Continues.