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Chucho Valdés with The Afro-Cuban Messengers

by Gary S

Chucho Valdés with The Afro-Cuban Messengers at Allen Room on Saturday performance was impressive. The multiple Grammy award winner lived up to being his title as

“The greatest living Cuban musical legend”.  The setting was the great Allen Room with the window wall over looking Columbus Circle and Central Park. It was a wonderful night of great music.

 

About Chucho Valdes:
http://www.facebook.com/valdes.chucho

(source: allaboutjazz.com)

Born: October 9, 1941

Chucho Valdés, born Jesús Dionisio Valdés, is a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger. He was born in Quivicán, Cuba. In 1972 he founded the group Irakere, one of Cuba’s best-known Latin jazz bands. Together with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Valdés is revered as one of Cuba’s greatest jazz pianists.His father Bebo Valdés, also a pianist, is the former director of Havana’s famous “Tropicana” night club. Bebo Valdés, now in his 80’s, is still performing, and won a Latin Grammy award in 2003 together with Israel “Cachao” López and Patato Valdés, and in 2005 together with flamenco singer Diego El Cigala.

Chucho has won three Grammy awards – one in 1978 for the album Live at Newport by Irakere, a second in 1998 for his contribution to the CD Havana by his band Crisol (formed in 1997), with two songs Mr. Bruce and Mambo para Roy written by Chucho, and the third in 2003 for his album Live at the Village Vanguard.
Over the past few years his recording output has been very prolific including a duo setting with his father Bebo Valdes, and several solo projects as well. In 2009 he again did a collaboration in Spain under the tutelage of Javier Limon who produced his Grammy winning “Lagrimas Negras.” This time around he accompanied flamenco torch singer Concha Buika on “El Ultimo Trago.”
Chucho Valdés, born Jesús Dionisio Valdés, is a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger. He was born in Quivicán, Cuba. In 1972 he founded the group Irakere, one of Cuba’s best-known Latin jazz bands. Together with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Valdés is revered as one of Cuba’s greatest jazz pianists.His father Bebo Valdés, also a pianist, is the former director of Havana’s famous “Tropicana” night club. Bebo Valdés, now in his 80’s, is still performing, and won a Latin Grammy award in 2003 together with Israel “Cachao” López and Patato Valdés, and in 2005 together with flamenco singer Diego El Cigala.

Chucho has won three Grammy awards – one in 1978 for the album Live at Newport by Irakere, a second in 1998 for his contribution to the CD Havana by his band Crisol (formed in 1997), with two songs Mr. Bruce and Mambo para Roy written by Chucho, and the third in 2003 for his album Live at the Village Vanguard.

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