Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers: "Dean of Latin Jazz" at the Irvine Barclay Theatre
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The last date listed for Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers was Thursday October 14, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Each year, the New Choreographers Initiative holds an intensive three-week process to create fresh, cutting edge new dances. NCI Discovery 2014 will showcase four new ballets created through this program. Artistic Director Molly Lynch invited four choreographers of note, as well as sixteen professional dancers from ballet companies across the country, to participate. This evening will debut the results to the public. This year's choreographers are Barry Kerollis, Gabrielle Lamb, Philip Neal and Garrett Smith. The evening also offers an opportunity to hear the choreographers talk about their concepts and ideas, and for the audience to participate in the discussion. Learn More
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Great performance of Afro-Cuban Jazz. Chucho Valdes has an undeniable unique style of arranging music. The group played an interesting twist on Duke Ellington's music. We loved the female Cuban singer Mayra Caridad Valdes, Chucho's sister,who...continued
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“Valdes demonstrates a dizzying exuberance at the piano…like [he] can barely contain his enthusiasm.” —All About Jazz
“Compared to everyone from Oscar Peterson and McCoy Tyner to Duke Ellington and Count Basie, Valdes is spoken of in reverent terms throughout the community of jazz musicians.” —Los Angeles Times
Hailed as “the dean of Latin jazz” and “one of the world’s great virtuosic pianists” by The New York Times, multi-Grammy Award winner Chucho Valdés has recorded over eighty CD’s during his illustrious career, performing with countless jazz masters, including Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea. Founder of the rhythmically innovative Latin jazz band Irakere, the Cuban-born Valdés has appeared on the distinguished stages of Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and The Hollywood Bowl.
Chucho’s new project with the Afro-Cuban Messengers marks Chucho’s return to the US for the first time in 7 years. Here he is joined by a new generation of talented Cuban musicians playing music from his latest CD, Chucho’s Steps, a fusion of Cuban and African music and jazz. Be part of this bravura musical evening. The dizzying artistry will leave you breathless!