Renowned Afro-Cuban jazz artist plays Glenwood tonight
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Three generations of jazz musicianship strong, the legendary Valdes family roots continue on with the Chuchito Valdes Afro-Cuban Ensemble, the featured act in tonight’s Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz series concert.
Chuchito Valdes is the son and grandson, respectively, of famous Afro-Cuban jazz pianists Chucho and Bebo Valdes.
“With influences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito creates an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild,” writes one reviewer in a biography posted at the James Wadsworth Productions website (www.jwpjazz.com).
“This piano master captivates with his sensitivity and drives excitement with his dynamic band,” it continues.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Chuchito Valdes comes from one of the most distinguished musical families in Cuba, according to another biography courtesy http://www.allaboutjazz.com.
He recorded and played piano with the world-renowned Cuban band Irakere, which he led for two years. He has also performed at numerous festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the world, including the Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in London and Green Dolphin Street in Chicago, the Jazz Festivals of Havana, Cancun and Merida, and San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Music Festival.
Chuchito is recognized as a master at a variety of Cuban music styles, and has also extensively studied classical music, including harmony and composition.
“His original compositions and arrangements draw on classical harmonic and structural techniques,” continues the allaboutjazz bio. “In his performances, Chuchito’s music draws on many styles including Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz, Bebop, Danzon, Cha-Cha-Cha, and Son Montuno.”
This is the second-to-last concert in this, the 25th season of Glenwood Summer of Jazz. The series concludes Aug. 4 with The Stooges Brass Band.
Summer of Jazz concerts are free, but the series relies on donations to cover the costs. Volunteers will be passing the donation basket at the 8 p.m. intermission each week, and collector’s edition 25th anniversary T-shirts are also for sale. To donate to the Summer of Jazz online and for more information, visit http://www.summerofjazz.com.
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