Chucho Valdés and Marian McPartland

Jul 16, 2018

Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés was born into a musical family and began playing as a child. His father was a pianist at the popular nightclub Tropicana, where Valdés met and performed with famous musicians, including Nat King Cole. In 1973 Valdés formed his Afro-Cuban jazz band Irakere, and the group won a 1980 Grammy for Best Latin Recording. On this 2000 Piano Jazz, Valdés tells McPartland about his Latin roots and plays his original “Claudia.”

Full episode: https://www.npr.org/event/music/496891193/chucho-vald-s-on-piano-jazz

Artist website: http://www.valdeschucho.com/