Bay Area’s FIRST LATINO concerts includes CHUCHO VALDES [from Cuba].

Chucho Valdés & Irakere 45: Live Stream
Friday, May 29, 2020 at 5 PM – 6 PM
Where: SFJAZZ website.
See below biographies of both artists!

Buy $5 live tickets here!


About Chucho Valdés:



The greatest living Cuban pianist and a singular force in Cuban music for more than half a century, piano virtuoso Chucho Valdés celebrates his week as 2019 SFJAZZ Gala honoree and Resident Artistic Director with Irakere 45, the new iteration of the legendary band that changed the course of Latin music in the 1970s and 80s.

Valdés was already recognized as the most formidable pianist of his generation when he launched Irakere in 1973 with a phenomenal cast that included saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Discovered and introduced internationally by Dizzy Gillespie, the band’s unprecedented synthesis of folkloric Afro-Cuban rhythms, sacred drums, rock, funk, and jazz opened up vast new frontiers, and helped pave the way for the pervasively popular dance music known as timba. [read more here].



About live stream:

The coronavirus separates us, threatening the fabric of community – but music connects, which is why we’ve launched Fridays at Five. It’s what we need right now: a new series of weekly pre-recorded concerts that aspire to connect you – to music, to musicians, to the warm and unique feeling of experiencing live music at the SFJAZZ Center.

For just $5 a month, you can sign up for our new digital membership and tune every Fridays at 5 PM for the latest concert.

Make it a regular date. Bring a glass of wine and cozy up – we think you will discover that digital technology can reveal new dimensions of musical performance. Fridays at Five is not your typical video concert series; it is designed to take you inside the music.







About IRAKERE 45:


A springboard from Valdes’ GRAMMY-winning Afro-Cuban Messengers band, Irakere 45 showcases a blazing new generation of Cuban talent.

Irakere was formed in Havana, Cuba in the late 1960s by the masterful pianist Jesus Chucho Valdés. Its music hit America in the late 70s. Everybody knew that something was going on in Cuba. And it was so good, it was stunning, or at least it was to me, A.B. Spellman. * source: NPR


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