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Chucho Valdés

Origin: Cuba

Main instrument: Piano

Genres: Jazz, Latin

Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés began his music studies at age 5, and at 15 he formed his own group. In 1967 he formed the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, but Valdés is better known as the founder of Irakere, the top Cuban jazz orchestra. Its original members included trumpet player Arturo Sandoval and sax player Paquito D'Rive­ra. Valdés possesses the skill and assurance of a true band leader. He is also an accomplished piano player with an intimate knowledge of the rhythms and cadences of Afro-Cuban music. His impressionist style lends itself perfectly to a free and flexible jazz. In 2002, Valdés gave four concerts at the Festival as part of the prestigious Invitation series.



  • Chucho Valdés & the Afro-Cuban Messengers - Concert 2013
  • Roy Hargrove et Chucho Valdés (1997) - Médiathèque Jazz

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