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Arturo O'Farrill's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra turns its weekly Sunday-night Birdland slot into a virtual set, and makes The New York Times '10 Best Quarantine Concerts Online'

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With in-person shows still mostly on hold, musicians are finding new ways to insert life into livestreams. Some livestreamed concerts emulate the one-time-only experience of live shows - they're webcast just once in real time, then disappear from the web. Others recognize that anything that's digitized can be recorded and replayed. Here, alphabetically, are 10 of the best virtual concerts that have stayed online.

Arturo O'Farrill's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, a big band dedicated to the fusion in its name, has turned its weekly Sunday-night slot at Birdland into virtual sets that hold supercharged mambos alongside far-reaching jazz excursions. Painstakingly edited together from solo home recordings, the music still swings mightily. The June 14 edition features Rudresh Mahanthappa with breakneck alto saxophone solos in "The Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite" composed by Arturo's father, Chico O'Farrill.