Winner of five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years. His musical education includes formal studies and countless nights on the best stages in Cuba as the pianist with his father, Bebo Valdés, and his orchestra Sabor de Cuba, and also the seminal Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna.
In the early 70s, Chucho distilled this experiences into the foundation of Irakere, an ensemble that marked a before and after in Afro-Cuban jazz. Chucho was the director, pianist, main composer and arranger of Irakere for more than 30 years. But since 2005, he has focused on his personal career, highlighting his work as a pianist and leading small ensembles. His 2014 recording, Border-Free, finds Chucho at the top of his game, leading his Afro-Cuban Messengers, a spectacular quintet comprising yet another generation of young brilliant Cuban musicians, in a search that transcends styles and traditions. In conjunction with the U.S. tour in 2015, Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40 released Live at Marciac (Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi) recorded at the Jazz in Marciac festival in France.
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Blue Note Jazz Club
131 W. 3rd St, New York, NY 10012
"The Blue Note, one of the world’s finest jazz clubs, located in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village is synonymous not only with great jazz in an intimate setting, but also critically-acclaimed food, top-notch service and a really cool gift shop."
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Blue Note New York is located on West 3rd street, between 6th Avenue (Avenue Of The Americas) and MacDougal street. The Subway lines that stop right next to our doors are the A, E, C, F, Q, B, and D.