For fans of jazz music in all its forms and lovers of Afro-Cuban and latin music, this is a special night not to be missed!
Hailed as "the dean of Latin jazz" and "one of the world's great virtuosic pianists" (New York Times), eight time Grammy® Award winner Chucho Valdés is revered among the most influential jazz artists of our time, embracing and transcending the roots of Afro-Cuban music.
Valdés has recorded over eighty CD's during his illustrious career, performing with countless jazz masters, including Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea. With more than half a century of innovation behind him, Valdés continues to renew the vision of his work with his profound understanding of the history of jazz and his staggering improvisational inventiveness.
Introduced by his father Bebo Valdés, musical director of Havana's famed Tropicana Club Orchestra, to such American stars as Nat 'King' Cole and Sarah Vaughan, Valdés has demonstrated enormous range since his first recordings at age 18. Over his four-decade career he has established the groundbreaking jazz-rock-concerto-dance ensemble Irakere, and won international acclaim for exploring Afro-Cuban rhythmic heritages and works by Romantic masters such as Chopin, Debussy and Ravel.
Performing his first national tour of Australia, Valdés will be joined by his esteemed Havana based band. This concert will include music from his 2013 album release, Border Free - the eagerly awaited follow-up to Chucho’s Steps, which won the 2011 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album.
Special Guests: Chukale - Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz
Chucho Valdés (piano) Yaroldy Abreu Robles (percussion), Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé (bata drum, vocals), Rodney Yllarza Barreto (drums) Angel Gaston Joya Perellada (bass).
"...a master not only of his instrument, but seemingly the entire history of jazz (and beyond)... Unforgettable." Melbourne Age
"- a sonic voyage through the roots and branches of Afro-Cuban music -- all played with a breathtaking swagger." The Guardian (UK)
"... a marvel at the keys, agile and inventive...Chucho Valdés is emblematic of the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz, and is still at the top of his game." Jazz Times (Carnegie Hall, 2012)
"...compared to everyone from Oscar Peterson and McCoy Tyner to Duke Ellington and Count Basie, [Chucho Valdés] is spoken of in reverent terms throughout the international community of jazz musicians." LA Times