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Chucho Valdes

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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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Article: Live Review

The Jazz Cruise 2024

Read "The Jazz Cruise 2024" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright


Celebrity Summit The Jazz Cruise Miami, Labadee, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas January 18-25, 2024 Founded by Anita E. Berry in 2001, The Jazz Cruise has been offering patrons a yearly action-packed weeklong jazz experience at sea with some 100 world-class musicians in 200 hours of programming ...

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Article: In Pictures

John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival 2023

Read "John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival 2023" reviewed by La-Faithia White


A collection of photos from the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival in High Point, North Carolina from September 2nd 2023 to September 3rd 2023. Saturday's lineup featured saxophonist Dave Koz and Friends featuring Eric Darius, Candy Dulfer, guitartist Norman Brown, composer / pianist Chucho Valdes, vocalist Samara Joy, and The Mississippi Blues Child Mr. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Big M's Grab Bag

Read "Big M's Grab Bag" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


The theme this episode is--got ya!--there isn't a theme. What we do have are two mildly historical piano-led recordings by musicians who couldn't be more different if they tried, and two new releases by musicians also pulling in different directions. Get a large group together and go for eclecticism? Or just multi-track yourself and add a ...

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Article: In Pictures

2023 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival

Read "2023 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival" reviewed by Richard Conde


Celebrating its 46th anniversary over the June 24th weekend, the 2023 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs New York, featured a great program presenting a wide range of music. Over 20 featured artist played over two days across two stages with headliner Cindy Blackman Santana taking the Amphitheater stage ...

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Article: Live Review

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, New York June 25-26, 2023 It seems routine over more than four decades to say that “this year's" edition of Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival was a good one. Maybe you said it last year, maybe you'll say it next year.

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Article: Live Review

Jazzkaar 2023

Read "Jazzkaar 2023" reviewed by Martin Longley


Jazzkaar Tallinn, Estonia April 23-30, 2023 Jazzkaar has now lost two days, this exceptional Estonian festival running at eight rather than ten, but still remaining epic when compared to most others. The opening Sunday might have only featured a single concert, but as the fresh week progressed, the scale incrementally increased, hitting ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Ari Erev: Flow

Read "Ari Erev: Flow" reviewed by Howard Mandel


In Flow, pianist-composer Ari Erev and his players pour fresh energies into the bounty of sounds that sweeten our world. They do so in accord with the principles of personal expression, collaborative sensitivity and creative sophistication that characterizes jazz in all its gloriously open forms. A century since this music's birth, through decades that have witnessed ...

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Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Kenny Garrett

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Kenny Garrett" reviewed by Martin Longley


The release of Kenny Garrett's Sounds From The Ancestors album (Mack Avenue, 2021) has reinvigorated his live performances, as the saxophonist tours heartily with an expanded band that's heavy on the Afro-Latin percussion. In recent times, multi-instrumentalist Garrett has been gigging with this dedicated Sounds From The Ancestors line-up, heavily devoted to the album, but not ...

Album

I Missed You Too!

Label: Paquito Records and Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Mambo Influenciado by Chucho Valdés Mozart a la Cubana by Chucho Valdés I Missed You Too! by Paquito D’Rivera Pac-Man by Hilario Durán Claudia by Chucho Valdés El Maja de Vento by Chucho Valdés and Paquito D’Rivera El Día Que Me Quieras by Carlos Gardel


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