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Chucho Valdés

We honor the life and work of Chucho Valdés, the greatest living Cuban pianist and a singular force in jazz for more than half a century. As the prodigious son of Cuban maestro Bebo Valdés, Chucho was recognized as a vital young artist when he launched the revolutionary band Irakere in 1973 with a lineup including saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Discovered and introduced internationally by jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, the band’s unprecedented synthesis of folkloric Afro-Cuban rhythms, sacred drums, rock, funk, and jazz opened up vast new musical frontiers for exploration, influencing generations of musicians to follow. As a solo performer, composer, and bandleader, Chucho has continued to blaze trails, winning six GRAMMY awards, three Latin GRAMMYs, and the 2018 Latin GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Chucho Valdés

We honor the life and work of Chucho Valdés, the greatest living Cuban pianist and a singular force in jazz for more than half a century. As the prodigious son of Cuban maestro Bebo Valdés, Chucho was recognized as a vital young artist when he launched the revolutionary band Irakere in 1973 with a lineup including saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Discovered and introduced internationally by jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, the band’s unprecedented synthesis of folkloric Afro-Cuban rhythms, sacred drums, rock, funk, and jazz opened up vast new musical frontiers for exploration, influencing generations of musicians to follow. As a solo performer, composer, and bandleader, Chucho has continued to blaze trails, winning six GRAMMY awards, three Latin GRAMMYs, and the 2018 Latin GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Irakere 45

Celebrating it’s 45th Anniversary of existence, the latest version of Chucho Valdés’ groundbreaking band includes a cross-section of Cuba’s greatest young musicians, ushering Valdés’ visionary synthesis of folkloric Afro-Cuban rhythms, sacred drums, rock, funk, and jazz into the 21st century.

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Irakere 45

Celebrating it’s 45th Anniversary of existence, the latest version of Chucho Valdés’ groundbreaking band includes a cross-section of Cuba’s greatest young musicians, ushering Valdés’ visionary synthesis of folkloric Afro-Cuban rhythms, sacred drums, rock, funk, and jazz into the 21st century.

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Omara Portuondo

The first lady of Cuban jazz has been performing for over six decades and became an international phenomenon after her appearances on the 1996 album and in the blockbuster film 'The Buena Vista Social Club'. She recorded a duo album with Chucho Valdés, 'Omara & Chucho', in 2011.

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Omara Portuondo

The first lady of Cuban jazz has been performing for over six decades and became an international phenomenon after her appearances on the 1996 album and in the blockbuster film 'The Buena Vista Social Club'. She recorded a duo album with Chucho Valdés, 'Omara & Chucho', in 2011.

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Dianne Reeves

The 2018 NEA Jazz Master is “the most admired jazz diva since the heyday of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday” (NY Times). She’s a five-time GRAMMY winner for Best Jazz Vocal Performance and holds honorary doctorates from Berklee School of Music and The Julliard School.

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Dianne Reeves

The 2018 NEA Jazz Master is “the most admired jazz diva since the heyday of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday” (NY Times). She’s a five-time GRAMMY winner for Best Jazz Vocal Performance and holds honorary doctorates from Berklee School of Music and The Julliard School.

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Corinne Bailey Rae

The soulful British singer and songwriter became a star when her eponymous 2006 album debuted at the top of the Billboard charts. She won a 2008 Album of the Year GRAMMY for her contribution to Herbie Hancock’s 'River: The Joni Letters' and a 2012 win for Best R&B Performance.

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Corinne Bailey Rae

The soulful British singer and songwriter became a star when her eponymous 2006 album debuted at the top of the Billboard charts. She won a 2008 Album of the Year GRAMMY for her contribution to Herbie Hancock’s 'River: The Joni Letters' and a 2012 win for Best R&B Performance.

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SFJAZZ Collective

An all-star ensemble comprising the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today, the Collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each member of the band.

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SFJAZZ Collective

An all-star ensemble comprising the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today, the Collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each member of the band.

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Stefon Harris

“One of the most important young artists in jazz” (LA Times), virtuoso vibraphonist Harris is a former member of the SFJAZZ Collective and a four-time GRAMMY nominee. He has recorded eight albums as a leader and was a recipient of the 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award.

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Stefon Harris

“One of the most important young artists in jazz” (LA Times), virtuoso vibraphonist Harris is a former member of the SFJAZZ Collective and a four-time GRAMMY nominee. He has recorded eight albums as a leader and was a recipient of the 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award.

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Yosvany Terry

The GRAMMY-nominated, Cuban-born saxophonist, percussionist and composer built his career with the greatest names in jazz including Chucho Valdés, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. He’s a Doris Duke Artist Award winner and a Rockefeller Grant recipient.

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Yosvany Terry

The GRAMMY-nominated, Cuban-born saxophonist, percussionist and composer built his career with the greatest names in jazz including Chucho Valdés, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. He’s a Doris Duke Artist Award winner and a Rockefeller Grant recipient.

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Harold López-Nussa

Scion of an illustrious musical family, the pianist is one of the brightest lights on Havana’s jazz scene. He won top honors at the Montreux Jazz Piano Competition in 2005, has toured widely with Buena Vista Social Club vocalist Omara Portuondo, and leads a superlative trio.

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Harold López-Nussa

Scion of an illustrious musical family, the pianist is one of the brightest lights on Havana’s jazz scene. He won top honors at the Montreux Jazz Piano Competition in 2005, has toured widely with Buena Vista Social Club vocalist Omara Portuondo, and leads a superlative trio.

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Leyanis & Jessie Valdés

Chucho Valdés’ daughter Leyanis is a prodigiously talented young artist who is carrying on the illustrious piano tradition of her iconic family. A classical music specialist, she has taken top honors in multiple international competitions and released an album in collaboration with her brother, drummer Jessie Valdés. Chucho’s son Jessie is an exciting young drummer whose integration of live drumming and electronics is helping usher Cuban music into the future. He collaborated with his sister on their album 'Valdés Brothers', and appears on the 2017 recording 'Familia', with his father, sister, and family of Arturo O’Farrill.

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Leyanis & Jessie Valdés

Chucho Valdés’ daughter Leyanis is a prodigiously talented young artist who is carrying on the illustrious piano tradition of her iconic family. A classical music specialist, she has taken top honors in multiple international competitions and released an album in collaboration with her brother, drummer Jessie Valdés. Chucho’s son Jessie is an exciting young drummer whose integration of live drumming and electronics is helping usher Cuban music into the future. He collaborated with his sister on their album 'Valdés Brothers', and appears on the 2017 recording 'Familia', with his father, sister, and family of Arturo O’Farrill.

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SFJAZZ High School All-Stars

Directed by esteemed educator and performer Paul Contos, the Big Band is comprised of 20-25 of the finest young Bay Area jazz musicians, selected annually by competitive audition. The band has established a reputation for excellence, winning band competitions all over the country.

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SFJAZZ High School All-Stars

Directed by esteemed educator and performer Paul Contos, the Big Band is comprised of 20-25 of the finest young Bay Area jazz musicians, selected annually by competitive audition. The band has established a reputation for excellence, winning band competitions all over the country.

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band

A true New Orleans institution, Preservation Hall Jazz Band defines the tradition of Crescent City music. Founded in the early 1960s, the PHJB remains committed to its mission, bringing the jubilant, bone-deep spirit of the French Quarter to clubs and concert halls around the world. Playing the Gala 2019 After Party.

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band

A true New Orleans institution, Preservation Hall Jazz Band defines the tradition of Crescent City music. Founded in the early 1960s, the PHJB remains committed to its mission, bringing the jubilant, bone-deep spirit of the French Quarter to clubs and concert halls around the world. Playing the Gala 2019 After Party.

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Jesús Díaz y su QBA

Cuban born, Bay Area based percussionist and singer Díaz is among the most versatile and accomplished artists on the world music scene, performing with Stevie Wonder, the Dave Matthews Band, Dizzy Gillespie, Omar Sosa, the Caribbean Jazz Project, Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, and more. Playing the Gala 2019 After Party.

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Jesús Díaz y su QBA

Cuban born, Bay Area based percussionist and singer Díaz is among the most versatile and accomplished artists on the world music scene, performing with Stevie Wonder, the Dave Matthews Band, Dizzy Gillespie, Omar Sosa, the Caribbean Jazz Project, Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, and more. Playing the Gala 2019 After Party.

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