Born in Quivicán, Cuba in 1941, Chucho Valdés is one of Cuba’s most famous pianists, bandleaders, composers and arrangers. Perhaps best known for founding the famous Latin jazz band Irakere in 1972, Chucho’s brilliant career has also garnered him 6 Grammy wins and 16 nominations over the past three decades. His most recent win, a 2009 Latin Grammy for the record Juntos para Siempre, saw him collaborate with his father, Bebo Valdés, a major player on the Cuban jazz scene in his own right.

His reputation as one of the greatest living Cuban jazz pianists has earned him appearances on the great stages in music, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and The Hollywood Bowl.

In 2000 he was inducted into the Latin Jazz Hall of Fame, and has performed with Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Carlos Santana, George Benson and many more across the international stage.

Valdés has released over 50 recordings including the highly acclaimed Live at the Village Vanguard, New Conceptions and Juntos Para Siempre.

Listen back to a live set from Chucho Valdes heard on Fiesta Jazz with Saul Zavarce, Saturday 4th September 11am. Valdes.jpg