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Chucho Valdés and Irakere 45

  • SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA 94102 United States (map)

Tickets ($40-$95)

The greatest living Cuban pianist and a singular force in Cuban music for more than half a century, eight-time GRAMMY winner piano virtuoso Chucho Valdés celebrates his week as 2019 SFJAZZ Gala honoree and Resident Artistic Director with Irakere 45, the new iteration of the legendary band that changed the course of Latin music in the 1970s and 80s. Valdés was already recognized as the most formidable pianist of his generation when he launched Irakere in 1973 with a phenomenal cast that included saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Discovered and introduced internationally by Dizzy Gillespie, the band’s unprecedented synthesis of ritualistic Afro-Cuban percussion, post-bop improvisation, European classical music, rock, R&B, and jazz opened up vast new frontiers, and helped pave the way for the pervasively popular dance music known as timba.

One of the finest jazz bands, regardless of style, in the world.
— Los Angeles Times
A pianist of imperial command, possessed of a dazzling, deceptively casual virtuosity.
— The New York Times

Chucho Valdés
Manuel Machado trumpet
Carlos Sarduy trumpet
Rafael Aguila alto saxophone
Ariel Bringuez tenor saxophone
Yelsy Heredia bass
Rodney Barreto drums
Yaroldy Abreu percussion
Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé batá & vocals

Earlier Event: February 1
Chucho Valdés and Irakere 45
Later Event: February 3
Chucho Valdés and Irakere 45