Chucho Valdés

Cuba
Jazz Latin
Chucho Valdés

Winner of six Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years. In 1972, Chucho released his fourth album, a recording with bass and batá drums entitled simply, Jazz Batá. This ten-song exploration of the descarga roots of Cuban jazz was a departure from his early quintet recordings. Blending jazz with traditional rhythms of the sacred batá, the music showcased Chucho’s virtuosity and formed the stylistic foundation of what would become Chucho’s history-making group, Irakere. Decades later, Chucho returns to the Jazz Batá sound, joined by bassist Ramon Vazquez, plus percussionists Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé and Yaroldy Abreu Robles in a journey to discover modern interpretations of classic forms. Chucho’s most recent album, Jazz Batá 2, released on Mack Avenue in November 2018.

Chucho’s musical education includes formal studies and countless nights on the best stages in Cuba as the pianist with his father, Bebo Valdés, and his orchestra Sabor de Cuba, and also the seminal Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna. In the early 70s, Chucho distilled his experiences into the foundation of Irakere, an ensemble that marked a before and after in Afro-Cuban jazz. Chucho was the director, pianist, main composer and arranger of Irakere for more than 30 years. But since 2005, he has focused on his personal career, highlighting his work as a pianist and leading small ensembles. Now in his mid-70s, Chucho’s technique and creative output are as prodigious as ever. Border-Free finds Chucho at the top of his game, leading the Afro-Cuban Messengers, a spectacular quintet comprised of brilliant young Cuban musicians. In conjunction with the their anniversary tour in 2015, Chucho released the Grammy Award winning album, Tribute to Irakere: Live at Marciac (Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi).

Videos
  • Chucho Valdés “Jazz Batá 2” @Tourcoing Jazz Festival   Ochún Montage Final
    Chucho Valdés “Jazz Batá 2” @Tourcoing Jazz Festival Ochún Montage Final
  • The Maestro: The Life & Legacy of Chucho Valdés
    The Maestro: The Life & Legacy of Chucho Valdés
Press
"As a pianist, composer and arranger, Chucho Valdés has become one of the most influential figures in modern Afro-Cuban jazz"
Billboard
"It would be reasonable to assume that the magisterial Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés has covered every possible angle on the music of his homeland ‘¦ Yet he finds some new terrain to till on Border-Free"
The New York Times
"El maestro Chucho Valdés is one of the great treasures of the music world… Valdés grounds his work in the aural history of mother Cuba, while seamlessly weaving in aspects of folk, jazz and classical to create a singular musical vision"
DownBeat
Discography
Jazz Batá 2
Jazz Batá 2
2018
Mack Avenue Records
Chucho's Steps
Chucho's Steps
2010
World Village
El último trago
El último trago
2009
DRO Records
Juntos Para Siempre
Juntos Para Siempre
2008
Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Jazz Bata
Jazz Bata
2007
Malanga Music
Cancionero Cubano
Cancionero Cubano
2005
Reyes
Live at the Village Vanguard
Live at the Village Vanguard
2000
Blue Note Records
Briyumba Palo Congo
Briyumba Palo Congo
1999
EMI Group
Live
Live
1998
RMM Records & Video
Bele Bele En La Habana
Bele Bele En La Habana
1998
EMI Group
An American Diary
An American Diary
1994
NYC Records
Line up

Chuco Valdés - piano

Yelsy Heredia - bass

Abraham Mansfarroll - drums

Yaroldy Abreu - congas

Availability

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Germany, Austria, Switzerland

2020 March
2021 on request
Contact
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Patrick Weissenfels
Head of A&R Jazz, Booking Agent
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Production & PR
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