Aug 01, 2018
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Original show description below.
FREE for SFJAZZ Members
Join us for this exclusive listening party with legendary Cuban piano genius Chucho Valdés, in conversation with SFJAZZ Director of Education Rebeca Mauleón. They will play selected pieces from Valdés’ rich musical legacy with Irakere and as a solo artist, and discuss Valdés’ innumerable contributions to jazz as illuminated in their new book Decoding Afro-Cuban Jazz.
Written in collaboration between Valdés and Mauleón, Decoding Afro-Cuban Jazz focuses on the inner-workings of Afro-Cuban jazz through the compositions of Valdés and is the first publication of its kind to thoroughly examine the work of a such a legendary figure, providing a gateway to better understanding Afro-Cuban jazz as a whole. In addition, this book opens the door to Valdés’ creative process in bridging the worlds of traditional and contemporary Cuban music with classical and jazz genres, as well as the historical significance of each work, behind-the-scenes stories, and much more.
A book-signing by Maestro Valdés follows the presentation.
About SFJAZZ Listening Parties
Step into the SFJAZZ “living room” and hear artists and tastemakers spinning their favorite recordings while in conversation with SFJAZZ Founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline. Listening Parties offer listeners the chance to get behind-the- scenes and hear about music from the artist’s perspective. The format is an on-stage conversation in the Robert N. Miner Auditorium, accompanied by the artist’s pick of recorded, and sometimes live, excerpts. The conversation closes with questions from the audience followed by a reception with the artist.