Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá Quartet w/ Dianne Reeves
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Chucho Valdés & Dianne Reeves
SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director

Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá Quartet

w/ Dianne Reeves

OCT 3–6 | SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Chucho Valdés w/ Jazz Batá Quartet

Oct 05
Miner Auditorium
SatOct 5

Members Only

7:30 PM

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When SFJAZZ honored Valdés with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its 2019 Gala, he performed with Reeves for the first time – and fell in love, musically speaking. The pianist had long been a fan of the singer, and for good reason. As the New York Times once put it, she “has an enormous voice and an enormous talent, and she offers it up to stun her audience.” But Valdés wasn’t just stunned at the Gala; performing “My Foolish Heart” as a duo, he and Reeves melted into the song, becoming a single sound. He quickly decided to invite Reeves to be his special guest during his 2019-20 residency.

Also a Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ, Reeves is classically trained, as is Valdés. Both have performed in electrified jazz-fusion bands. Both, of course, are superb, straight-ahead acoustic swingers -- and, increasingly, Reeves is drawn to Cuban, Brazilian and other Latin American song forms. All of that contributes to the connection between the singer and the pianist. But how, really, do you explain their kismet moment at last year’s Gala? Tonight, when they reconvene at SFJAZZ with the pianist’s Jazz Bata 2 combo, Valdes and Reeves hope to tap back into the magic.

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

Los Angeles Times

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

Los Angeles Times

Personnel

Chucho Valdés piano
Dianne Reeves vocals
Yelsey Heredia bass
Yaroldy Abrey Robles drums
Dreiser Durruthy Bambelé batá & vocals

One of the world’s great virtuosic pianists.

The New York Times

Personnel

Chucho Valdés piano
Dianne Reeves vocals
Yelsey Heredia bass
Yaroldy Abrey Robles drums
Dreiser Durruthy Bambelé batá & vocals

One of the world’s great virtuosic pianists.

The New York Times

Watch & Listen

Chucho Valdés

El Gülje

Dianne Reeves

I Want You

Chucho Valdés

El Gülje

Dianne Reeves

I Want You