Chucho Valdés

Chucho Valdés

Chucho Valdés

& the Afro-Cuban Messengers

Thursday, July 31, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Chucho Valdés
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PLEASE NOTE: These performances were originally scheduled for Jan 30 to Feb 2, 2014, but were rescheduled for medical reasons. We will honor your existing tickets for the corresponding day of week. For example, if you have tickets for Thursday, Jan 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.

Artist Personnel

Chucho Valdés piano
Gastón Joya bass
Rodney Barreto drums
Yaroldy Abreu Robles congas
Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé bata

Artist Website

"One of the world’s great virtuosic pianists. " — The New York Times on Chucho Valdés
"He can tickle the ivories with the soft grace of Bill Evans and dazzle with the thunderous dexterity of Art Tatum or Oscar Peterson. " — All About Jazz