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Bebop jazz meets Cuban dance rhythms this weekend

By Melanie Robinson | 14 de noviembre de 2012

San Antonio.- ARTS San Antonio welcomes the Grammy-award-winning pianist Chucho Valdés to San Antonio.  The “New York Times” called this living legend, “One of the world’s greatest virtuosic pianists.”   Valdés will perform at the newly renovated Lila Cockrell Theatre on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Valdés’ illustrious career garnered him five Grammy wins, with the most recent for Best Latin Jazz Album for “Chucho’s Steps.” His style has been described as “expansive and curious.” The artist is one of the few jazz musicians residing in Cuba to have a strong American following and in the Latin and jazz communities, Valdés is revered as one of Cuba’s greatest jazz pianists.

Born in Quivicán, Cuba, in 1941, Valdés is a pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger. He started his music training with his father, famed pianist Bebo Valdés, whose’ style melds diverse experiences and skills: classical, jazz, bop, Cuban and swing, all combined by his virtuosic dexterity on the piano.

Chucho Valdés is also well known for founding the influential jazz-pop band Irakere in 1972. Valdés continues to develop unique works of art, generating ideas that call for subtle changes of style, orchestral formats and concepts.

Valdés’ talents combined with those of the five members who comprise the Afro-Cuban Messengers Quintet dazzle all music lovers. The Messengers perform with a technical brilliance that has no real equal – and their work is underscored with the African percussive rituals that stand at the very root of jazz. The result is a stand-up set that will be remembered as a signature performance in San Antonio.

Tickets are still available by calling (800) 745-3000 or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com or any Ticketmaster outlet. For information about performances or to purchase discounted group tickets for groups of ten or more, call ARTS SA at (210) 226-2891, visit 418 10th Street, San Antonio or visit www.ArtsSA.org.

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