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Chucho Valdes

Born: October 9, 1941    Primary Instrument: Piano

Chucho Valdes

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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As a Leader

Lucumi
Messdor
1986

Solo Piano
World Pacific
1991

Grandes de La Musica Cubana, Vol. 1
Alex
1995

Pianissimo
Sony International
1997

Bele Bele en La Habana
Blue Note
1998

Babalu Ayé
Bembe
1999

Briyumba Palo Congo
Blue Note
1999

Live at the Village Vanguard
Blue Note
2000

Invitación
Egrem
2000

Solo: Live in New York
Blue Note
2001

Yemaya
Egrem
2002

Fantasia Cubana
Blue Note
2002

New Conceptions
Blue Note
2003

Cancionero Cubano
Egrem
2005

Chucho Valdés Featuring Cachaito
Yemayá
2005

With Irakere

Misa Negra
Universal/Pimienta
1987

Homenaje a Beny Moré
Universal/Pimienta
1989

Indestructible
Sony
1994

¡Afrocubanismo Live!
Egrem
1996

Unforgettable Boleros
Velas
2000; 2005

Canta a Babalu Ayé
Egrem
2002


With Omara Portuando

Desafios: Chucho Valdés and Omara Portuando
Intuition/Nubenegra
1997

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