Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá Quartet
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Chucho Valdés & Joey DeFrancesco
SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director

Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá Quartet

w/ Joey DeFrancesco

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

Oct 03
Miner Auditorium
ThuOct 3
7:30 PM

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When Valdés jammed with B-3 organist Joey DeFrancesco aboard the Jazz Cruise last year, there were fireworks. The two maestros played “Stella By Starlight,” “Autumn Leaves” and “Blue Monk.” It was their first time performing together, and they locked right in. There was an electric connection between these two virtuoso players who share a common approach – a soulful approach, informed by both the conservatory and the street. For Valdés, it became a no-brainer: He had to invite DeFrancesco to SFJAZZ for this special program, which pairs the Philadelphia-born organist with the Cuban pianist’s incendiary, percussion-rich combo, Jazz Bata 2.

Like Valdés, DeFrancesco matured early as a musician: He sat in with saxophonist Hank Mobley when he was 10. He joined Miles Davis’s band at age 17 and he went on to perform with Ray Charles, John McLaughlin, Elvin Jones and so many others. Plus, he became a protégé of the great Jimmy Smith; no wonder DeFrancesco can make the B-3 growl. He can make it sound like an orchestra. And he can go to town with the B-3’s percussive effects, so you can expect more fireworks when he connects with Valdés and Jazz Bata 2.

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
Joey DeFrancesco B3 Hammond organ
Yelsey Heredia bass
Yaroldy Abrey Robles drums
Dreiser Durruthy Bambelé batá & vocals

His mastery as composer and player is on full display: an encyclopedic vocabulary of Afro-Cuban rhythms and an expansive palette that includes all manner of modern jazz as well as traditional classical repertoire.

The Boston Globe

Personnel

Chucho Valdés piano
Joey DeFrancesco B3 Hammond organ
Yelsey Heredia bass
Yaroldy Abrey Robles drums
Dreiser Durruthy Bambelé batá & vocals

His mastery as composer and player is on full display: an encyclopedic vocabulary of Afro-Cuban rhythms and an expansive palette that includes all manner of modern jazz as well as traditional classical repertoire.

The Boston Globe

Watch & Listen

Chucho Valdés

Chucho's Mood

Joey DeFrancesco

Awake and Blissed

Chucho Valdés

Chucho's Mood

Joey DeFrancesco

Awake and Blissed