CHUCHO VALDÉS, VOCALS AND PIANO
YAROLDY ABREU ROBLES, PERCUSSION
RODNEY BARRETO, DRUMS
YELSY HEREDIA, BASS
A giant of Afro-Cuban music
“…he changed the course of Cuban music” –The Wall Street Journal
First propelled into the international spotlight in 1977 at Dizzy Gillespie’s recommendation, pianist, composer, bandleader, and six-time Grammy winner Chucho Valdés expresses the pinnacle of Afro-Cuban jazz. During his time leading groundbreaking band Irakere, Valdés ignited a new revolution: timba—Cuban dance music that fuses folkloric styles with jazz, rock, and funk to create a rich and dynamic sound. He has inspired generations of musicians, and together with this quartet, Valdés continues to stretch the boundaries of Afro-Cuban jazz. Be there as the commanding pianist displays incomparable gusto, lyricism, and singular virtuosity at the Charleston Gaillard Center.