Chuchito Valdes

With influences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito Valdés creates an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild. This piano master captivates with his sensitivity and drives excitement with his dynamic band.

Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, pianist, composer and arranger Jesus “Chuchito” Valdés, is the third-generation manifestation of a Cuban jazz piano dynasty that includes his father, Chucho Valdés and grandfather, Bebo Valdés.

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Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, pianist and composer Jesus “Chuchito” Valdés is the third-generation manifestation of a Cuban jazz piano dynasty that includes his father, Chucho Valdés, and grandfather, Bebo Valdés. Playing professionally since the age of 16, by the late ’90s he took his father’s spot in the world-renowned Irakere band. As a solo artist he displays fiery intensity and daredevil technique, with original compositions and arrangements drawing on a variety of style including Afro-Cuban, latin jazz, Bebop, classical, and many more.

Dazzle Jazz

On Thursday, one of the modern-day giants of the tenor saxophone, Joe Lovano, wraps up is two-night stand at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln. For this visit to Denver, Lovano, who has issued more discs on the Blue Note label than any other artist, has his Classic Quartet with him. That band has an international cast of younger players with Leo Genovese on piano, Peter Slavov on bass and Lamy Istrefi on drums. It is on stage at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. (303-839-5100).