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Jazz Live Chuchito Valdes

Jazz Live Chuchito Valdes
Blog Name: Home Page NewsAuthor: San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Posted on: June 8, 2015
Jazz 88.3 jumps to hyperdrive with 2 shows a month in June and July. First up is the great Cuban pianist Chuchito Valdés on Tuesday, June 9. We anticipate ticket sales will be brisk. Jazz 88.3 Members can reserve tickets now online or at 619-388-3037. All ages are welcome. There will be a parking permit. Better get some rest while you can.
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Jazz Live Interview with Chuchito Valdes

Jazz Critic Robert Bush Dazzled By Chuchito Valdes

In his review of Chuchito's performance, Chuchito Valdes Dazzles Jazz Live, San Diego Jazz Critic Robert Bush says: 

"KSDS Jazz 88, and their flagship concert series Jazz Live really blossoms during the summer months, with the station presenting on a bi-monthly basis during June and July. And on June 10 at San Diego City College's Saville Theatre, Cuban firebrand pianist Chuchito Valdes dazzled a packed house with a solo program that ranged from tender melodies to infectious dance rhythms."

He goes on to describe many of the compositions, and concludes, 

"There was a surprising amount of delicacy in the evening, perhaps best characterized by his gentle reading of "Over the Rainbow," and a wonderfully folkish blend of Abdulla Ibrahim and Vince Guaraldi on "Beautiful Chantela," but for me, the highlight came on the penultimate selection, "Palabras de Piano," where he seemed to pull all of the elements of classic Latin jazz into a satisfying whole, culminating with a two-handed percussion workout delivered on his feet while striking the inside structure of the house instrument.

The crowd went nuts, and you can hardly blame them."

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Chuchito Valdes Jazz Live San Diego Preview

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  • AllMusic.com Biography - Chuchito Valdes Jr.: "Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, pianist, composer, and arranger Jesus "Chuchito" Valdés, Jr. is the third-generation manifestation of a Cuban jazz piano dynasty that includes his father, Chucho Valdés, and grandfather, Bebo Valdés. The oldest of five siblings, Valdés 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 Lopez for a time...."


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