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Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Jazz Messengers

Chucho Valdés
Chucho Valdés
Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Jazz Messengers
TOKYO  •  Blue Note Tokyo  •  Ongoing

Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers

The Grammy Award–winner Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés  combines the influences of musicians such as Art Tatum, Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner with Afro-Cuban roots and a blazing technique.

Over his four-decade career he has established the groundbreaking jazz-rock-concerto-dance ensemble Irakere, won a Grammy for his recording Live at the Village Vanguard and garnered further Grammy nominations for albums exploring Afro-Cuban rhythmic and religious heritages. Fantasia Cubana, produced by the late classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein's producer Max Wilcox and dedicated by Valdés to Leo Brower, the Cuban classical guitarist with whom he has frequently worked, unfolds what the pianist calls "a Chucho-ization of classic pieces—my speculations on how their composers might enjoy them, or themselves change them, to reflect the impact of the 20th century."

Blue Note Tokyo Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:00 pm & 9:30 pm

Contact: Tel: (81) 3 54 85 00 88

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