Latin jazz giant and pianist Chucho Valdés visits Page Auditorium to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his groundbreaking Havana-based ten-piece band Irakere. A five-time GRAMMY winner, three-time Latin GRAMMY winner, and the son of Cuban jazz pioneer Bebo Valdés, Chucho single-handedly developed many of today’s Afro-Cuban musical hallmarks: the combination of bebop with guajeo-based horn lines, the use of the batá and other Cuban folkloric instruments, and rhythms that laid the groundwork for timba.
TOP 3 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND:
1. You're a big lover afro-cuban music.
2. It's a stellar booking by Duke Performances and director Aaron Greenwald knows jazz.
3. Do you really need a third reason? I mean c'mon it's Chucho Valdes.