From the intensely musical island of Cuba, Chucho Valdés is perhaps the most prominent and influential pianist to emerge from the post-revolution milieu. On October 9, 1941, Jesús Dionisio Valdés was born in Quivicán on the outskirts of Havana, destined to follow in his father’s footsteps. Bebo Valdés, an accomplished pianist and composer who led his own popular orchestra in Havana in the forties and fifties, was a master of Afro-Cuban jazz. Chucho was playing the piano at the age of three and by five he received formal lessons. He began studies at a musical conservatory at eight and at fifteen he was performing with a jazz trio.
Coming of age in 1950s Havana, Chucho was surrounded by music, nightlife, and action. The... Read More