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Chucho Valdes

Chucho Valdés, born Jesús Dionisio Valdés, is a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger. He was born in Quivicán, Cuba. In 1972 he founded the group Irakere, one of Cuba's best-known Latin jazz bands. Together with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Valdés is revered as one of Cuba's greatest jazz pianists. His father Bebo Valdés, also a pianist, is the former director of Havana's famous "Tropicana" night club. Bebo Valdés, now in his 80's, is still performing, and won a Latin Grammy award in 2003 together with Israel "Cachao" López and Patato Valdés, and in 2005 together with flamenco singer Diego El Cigala. Chucho has won three Grammy awards - one in 1978 for the album Live at Newport by Irakere, a second in 1998 for his contribution to the CD Havana by his band Crisol (formed in 1997), with two songs Mr

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Take Five with Maureen Choi

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Meet Maureen Choi Now residing in Spain, this Korean-American violinist is sparkling a revolution in the improvised music scene in Spain. Her band Maureen Choi Quartet is creating a sound that they describe as, “Spanish Chamber Jazz." After winning several international violin competitions starting at age five, Maureen has performed as a soloist across ...

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2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

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Bologna Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Bologna Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Bologna, Modena, Ferrara, Forlì Varie sedi, 25.10-26.11.20019 Il Bologna Jazz Festival 2019 ha confermato, ampliandole, le linee guida delle due passate edizioni, proponendo per un mese intero concerti esclusivamente serali, anche in contemporanea. Per quanto riguarda l'offerta musicale non si sono riscontrate univoche scelte stilistiche, ma soprattutto si è teso ad estendere ...

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Chucho Valdes with Special Guest Chick Corea at Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Chucho Valdes with Special Guest Chick Corea Jazz at Lincoln Center The Rose Theater New York, NY November 16, 2019 Jazz at Lincoln Center, in the Rose Theater, witnessed a very special meeting which occurred on-stage between two legendary jazz pianists, Chucho Valdés and Chick Corea. Both musically prolific, ...

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Chucho Valdés With Kenny Garrett At SFJAZZ

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Chucho Valdés and Kenny Garrett SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA October 4, 2019 A commanding Cuban pianist, the stately Chucho Valdés is best known as the founder of legendary Cuban band Irakere. Kenny Garrett has played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and with the late Miles Davis, among others, but has gained ...

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Javier Colina - Chano Domínguez: Chano & Colina

Read "Chano & Colina" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sia Chano Domínguez che Javier Colina hanno dimostrato d'amare i confronti in duo. Ricordiamo i quelli recenti del primo con Stefano Bollani e con Paolo Fresu, più quelli passati col chitarrista Niño Josele (Chano & Josele), col pianista Federico Lechner e con la flautista Hadar Noirberg. Di Javier Colina ricordiamo i duo con i pianisti Tete ...

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Alvas Showroom: The Art of Listening

Read "Alvas Showroom: The Art of Listening" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Allan Holdsworth was a giant, a genius, a gifted guitarist who had a great gauge for sound. An upper level musician can become less than that playing in a room, club, or hall that is beneath the caliber of their artistry. Holdsworth played the intimate and superbly sound engineered Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, CA many ...

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Dayramir Gonzalez: The Grand Concourse

Read "The Grand Concourse" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Siamo abituati al debutto di prodigiosi pianisti cubani ma Dayramir González non è solo questo. Come Fabian Almazan appartiene alla nuova generazione di strumentisti maturata negli Stati Uniti, capace di sofisticate sintesi orchestrali, coniugando le radici popolari ed etniche della terra d'origine, le forme del jazz ed evidenti riferimenti classici. Nato e cresciuto all'Avana ...

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Arturo Sandoval: Two Counties, Two Lives, One Trumpet de Oro

Read "Arturo Sandoval: Two Counties, Two Lives, One Trumpet de Oro" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Arturo Sandoval is widely considered the world's premier living trumpet player. You will get no argument from me. After a tumultuous life in Cuba, he and his family successfully sought political asylum in the United States. His story is well documented in For Love or Country (HBO, 2000). Andy Garcia portrays Sandoval in this movie that ...


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