Chucho Valdés & Irakere 45
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Chucho Valdés
Resident Artistic Director

Chucho Valdés & Irakere 45

Feb 01 - Feb 03
Miner Auditorium
FriFeb 1
7:30 PM

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SatFeb 2
7:30 PM

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SunFeb 3
11:00 AM

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The greatest living Cuban pianist and a singular force in Cuban music for more than half a century, piano virtuoso Chucho Valdés celebrates his week as 2019 SFJAZZ Gala honoree and Resident Artistic Director with Irakere 45, the new iteration of the legendary band that changed the course of Latin music in the 1970s and 80s. Valdés was already recognized as the most formidable pianist of his generation when he launched Irakere in 1973 with a phenomenal cast that included saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Discovered and introduced internationally by Dizzy Gillespie, the band’s unprecedented synthesis of folkloric Afro-Cuban rhythms, sacred drums, rock, funk, and jazz opened up vast new frontiers, and helped pave the way for the pervasively popular dance music known as timba.

A springboard from Valdes’ GRAMMY-winning Afro-Cuban Messengers band, Irakere 45 showcases a blazing new generation of Cuban talent.

A pianist of imperial command, possessed of a dazzling, deceptively casual virtuosity.

The New York Times

A pianist of imperial command, possessed of a dazzling, deceptively casual virtuosity.

The New York Times

Personnel

Chucho Valdés piano
Manuel Machado trumpet
Carlos Sarduy trumpet
Rafael Aguila alto saxophone
Ariel Bringuez tenor saxophone
Yelsy Heredia bass
Rodney Barreto drums
Yaroldy Abreu percussion
Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé batá & vocals

One of the finest jazz bands, regardless of style, in the world.

Los Angeles Times

Personnel

Chucho Valdés piano
Manuel Machado trumpet
Carlos Sarduy trumpet
Rafael Aguila alto saxophone
Ariel Bringuez tenor saxophone
Yelsy Heredia bass
Rodney Barreto drums
Yaroldy Abreu percussion
Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé batá & vocals

One of the finest jazz bands, regardless of style, in the world.

Los Angeles Times

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Chucho Valdés & Irakere

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Chucho Valdés & Irakere

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Chucho Valdés & Irakere

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