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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: October 9, 1941

Chucho Valdés, born Jesús Dionisio Valdés, is a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger. He was born in Quivicán, Cuba. In 1972 he founded the group Irakere, one of Cuba's best-known Latin jazz bands. Together with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Valdés is revered as one of Cuba's greatest jazz pianists.

His father Bebo Valdés, also a pianist, is the former director of Havana's famous “Tropicana” night club. Bebo Valdés, now in his 80's, is still performing, and won a Latin Grammy award in 2003 together with Israel “Cachao” López and Patato Valdés, and in 2005 together with flamenco singer Diego El Cigala....
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Music

Featured recording “Chucho's Steps”

Chucho's Steps

Four Quarters Entertainment
2010
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    Omara Portuondo & Chucho Valdes: Omara & Chucho

    World Village
    2011
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    Chucho's Steps

    Four Quarters Entertainment
    2010
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    New Conceptions

    Blue Note Records
    2003
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    Fant

    Blue Note Records
    2002
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