Fridays at Five
Virtual San Francisco Jazz Festival 2021
ERNEST LECUONA TRIBUTE
w/ CHUCHO VALDÉS, MICHEL CAMILO, & GONZALO RUBALCABA
PREMIERE • FRI, JUN 25 • 5 PM PT (8 PM ET)
ENCORE • SAT, JUN 26 • 10 AM PT (1 PM ET)
Recorded MAY 27, 2017
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ABOUT THIS SHOW
This exclusive performance filmed in May 2017 was a monumental gathering of the three greatest living Caribbean pianists, brought together in tribute to pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona, renowned as one of the most important and influential figures in Cuban music.
Son of Cuban music icon Bebo Valdés and a six-time GRAMMY winner, Chucho Valdés was co-founder of the seminal ensemble Irakere and forged an unprecedented synthesis of ritualistic Afro-Cuban percussion, post-bop improvisation, European classical music, rock and R&B.
Gonzalo Rubalcaba has integrated huge swaths of the European classical and jazz traditions, while maintaining bone-deep ties to the rhythmic currents of Cuba. He quickly gained fame on the American scene, distinguishing himself with his bravura technique and hair-raising rhythmic prowess.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Michel Camilo has been widely recognized for his astounding technique, winning a Latin GRAMMY Award for the 2000 Verve album Spain and the 2004 Best Latin Jazz Album GRAMMY for Live at the Blue Note.
Ernesto Lecuona: The Gershwin of Cuba (On the Corner)
Pianísimo: Cuban Piano Titans Across The Ages (On the Corner)
The Maestro: Chucho Valdés (On the Corner)
Interview: Gonzalo Rubalcaba (On the Corner)
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Fridays at Five: Launching a Digital Experience (On the Corner)
VIRTUAL SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL 2021
JUN 25 Ernesto Lecuona Tribute w/ Chucho Valdés, Michel Camilo & Gonzalo Rubalcaba
JUL 2 Hot Club of Cowtown
JUL 9 Mariza
JUL 16 DakhaBrakha
JUL 23 Con Brio
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