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ARTS San Antonio: Chucho Valdes

February 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Join us for a spectacular performance rich in family influence and Afro-Cuban Culture.

Chucho Valdés

Jazz Pianist
and his Trio:
Jazz Bata

His first teacher was his father, the great pianist, composer and bandleader Ramón “Bebo” Valdés. By the age of three, Chucho was already playing the melodies he heard on the radio at the piano, using both hands and in any key. He began taking lessons on piano, theory and solfege at the age of five and continued his formal musical education at the Conservatorio Municipal de Música de la Habana, from which he graduated at 14. A year later, he formed his first jazz trio and in 1959 he debuted with the orchestra Sabor de Cuba, directed by his father. Sabor de Cuba is considered one of the great orchestras in modern Cuban music history.
As it turns out, Chucho is perhaps best known as the founder, pianist and main composer and arranger of yet another landmark ensemble in Cuban music: Irakere (1973-2005).
Born in a family of musicians in Quivicán, Chucho Valdés, has distilled elements of the Afro-Cuban music tradition, jazz, classical music, rock and more, into an organic, personal style that has both, a distinct style and substance.
Tickets available here.


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Laurie Auditorium | Trinity University
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San Antonio, TX 78212 United States
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