SHOW POSTPONED: Chucho Valdés & the Afro-Cuban Messengers are postponing their upcoming appearance at the SFJAZZ Center due to medical reasons. We will honor your existing tickets for the corresponding day of week of the rescheduled dates. For example, if you are now holding tickets for Thursday, January 30, we will honor those tickets on Thursday, July 31. If you are holding tickets for Friday, Jan 31, we will honor those tickets on Friday, August 1, and so on across the four-date run.
Chucho Valdés & the Afro-Cuban Messengers
Even in a country with a grand tradition of virtuosic pianists, Chucho Valdés stands alone, a towering figure who combines the sheer power of McCoy Tyner with the dexterity of Oscar Peterson and a rhythmic sensibility steeped in the intricacies of Afro-Cuban culture. The conservatory-trained son of Cuban music icon Bebo Valdés and an eight-time Grammy winner, Chucho has spent much of his career in the vanguard of the Latin music. As a co-founder of the seminal ensemble Irakere with Paquito D’Rivera and Arturo Sandoval, he forged an unprecedented synthesis of ritualistic Afro-Cuban percussion, post-bop improvisation, European classical music, rock and R&B. More recently he’s stepped forward to stake an indisputable claim as jazz’s most imposing pianist. Starting with 1998’s Blue Note CD Bele Bele En La Havana, he’s released a series of ever more astonishing albums under his own name, most recently 2013’s Border-Free, an electrifying session featuring his talent-laden Afro-Cuban Jazz Messengers.