On April 10th, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust welcomes Cuban jazz legend, Chuchito Valdes and his trio to the Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh. Don’t miss this one. I got to see Chuchito perform at the Cancun Jazz Festival a few years back and was blown away by his performance.
The Havana-born piano extraordinaire, Valdes, comes from one of Cuba’s most distinguished musical families. His fiery performance style is sure to delight and get the audience dancing in the aisles of the Cabaret Theater.
Here’s a bit of his bio, taken off his website:
Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, pianist, composer and arranger Jesus “Chuchito” Valdes, is the third-generation manifestation of a Cuban jazz piano dynasty that includes his father, Chucho Valdes and grandfather, Bebo Valdes.
The oldest of five siblings, Valdes was a child prodigy, attending and graduating from La Escuela de Musica Ignacio Cervantes. He had his first professional gig at the age of 16, working with Cuban singer and trumpeter Bobby Carcasses, and also accompanied singers Pello El Afrokan and Anibel Lopes for a time.
In the md 80’s Valdes was a member of the Cuban jazz combo Sonido Contemporaneo, and by the late 90’s he had taken his father’s spot in the renowned Irakere band when the elder Valdes opted to go solo.
Eventually Chuchito followed suit, leading his own band and touring behind his fiery brand of Afro-Cuban Jazz. He released a debut album, Encantado, in 2002 on Town Crier Records, following it with La Timba in 2002 and Herencia in 2004, both on J&N Records, and Keys of Latin Jazz in 2007, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy from Sony BMG International. Then followed with Cuban Dreams in 2009 which was also nominated for a Latin Grammy, the same year he also released the Prince of Latin Jazz. In 2010, released Viva El Sonido Cubano New York is Now which was nominated for a Grammy.
In 2012, he was also nominated for Chuchito Valdes Live in Chicago and also for Chuchito Valdes Piano Charango. In 2013, he released Grand Piano Live Piano, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy and in the same year, he also released Carnaval en Piano Charango which was also nominated for a Latin Grammy. In 2014 he released Reflections and in 2015 he released Horizontes.
He has also performed at festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the world: from Cuba and the Caribbean to North America, South America, and Europe. Chuchito is recognized as a master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco.
Chuchito Valdes currently resides in Cancun Mexico, and he is a frequent performer in the United States and Canada.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust JazzLive series celebrates National Jazz
Appreciation Month with Chuchito Valdes. Tickets are $30.75. To make a reservation phone 412-456-6666 or visit website www.trustarts.org.