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On The Corner Masthead


August 2, 2016 | by Rebeca Mauleón

Bebo Valdés

Since the late 19th century, Cuban pianists and composer/bandleaders have produced some of the most influential repertoire to emerge from the island, and have shaped the stylistic evolution of both traditional and contemporary popular music well into the 21st century. The following playlist presents a partial glimpse into the vast repertoire of some of Cuba’s most prolific piano titans, beginning with the danzas of Ignacio Cervantes, through the generation of “young lions” cultivated in Havana’s conservatories. Enjoy this sampler of “Piano Cubano" as we welcome Cuban pianists Chucho Valdés & Gonzalo Rubalcaba (also performing with Michel Camilo) to the SFJAZZ Center on May 25-28.