Blue Note Jazz Festival – New York
Chucho Valdés & Paquito D

    • Chucho Valdés & Paquito D'Rivera

      Blue Note Jazz Festival presents Chucho Valdés & Paquito D’Rivera, two legendary Cuban musicians reuniting for this historic night at The Town Hall. For almost 60 years, Chucho Valdés and Paquito D’Rivera have been widely recognized as distinguished players and composers in the world of Afro-Cuban music, Jazz, Classical, and the most diverse musical styles. From their youth, Chucho and Paquito cultivated a solid friendship inherited from their fathers Bebo and Tito, prominent musicians in the dynamic artistic life of the dazzling Havana of the 1940s and 1950s. Both trained in the academic Classical music tradition, very soon they were also attracted to great improvisers such as Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and other jazz stars. Together they developed most of their activities in the Musical Theater of Havana and in the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna, which D’Rivera conducted for 2 years, until 1973 when Chucho invited his inseparable friend to participate in the founding of Irakere, one of the most transcendental groups of the whole musical history of Cuba. In May, 1980, Paquito D’Rivera – who always mentions Chucho as his earliest professional influence – for very sad reasons decided to leave his beloved homeland to go into exile in New York, the city of his childhood dreams. Separately, they have amassed more than 25 Grammys and Latin Grammys, among many other prominent distinctions. Now they reunite with a new recording and tour.

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