Winner of five Grammy and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés is one of the most influential figures in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. For this unique performance at Town Hall, Valdés celebrates the 40th anniversary of his original groundbreaking ensemble Irakere. One of the most important bands in the history of Latin jazz, Irakere’s members included Arturo Sandoval (see below) and Paquito D’Rivera, who eventually became solo stars in their own right. For the first time in decades, Valdés and a band of young musicians will revisit and reinterpret the music of his trailblazing group Irakere, keeping this dynamic music alive. “All those in attendance ended up standing up singing and dancing to hits such as Xiomara Mayoral or Bacalao con pan,” wrote a recent reviewer of an Irakere 40 performance in the El País newspaper. “The giant of Cuban piano claimed his place not only as interpreter but as the creator of a sound that is now the lingua franca in Latin jazz but 40 years ago…must’ve sounded like a revolution.”
“Be it as a composer or as a pianist, Valdés is one of the great pillars in the history of contemporary jazz” – The Houston Chronicle
Thursday, November 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street
Tickets $75, $70, $65, $55
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