Chucho Valdés — Joe Lovano Quintet | SFJAZZ

Chucho Valdés

Chucho Valdés — Joe Lovano Quintet


Chucho Valdés — Joe Lovano Quintet

Friday, November 18, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Chucho Valdés
Summit Meeting Series: Chucho Valdés — Joe Lovano Quintet  

Chucho Valdés — Joe Lovano Quintet

The GRAMMY-winning tenor saxophonist joins the reigning Cuban piano genius and key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz in this first-time collaboration that bridges musical and cultural borders. Each a musician considered the pinnacle of their art and each with long ties to the history of SFJAZZ, their new project features a band made up of many of Cuba’s most accomplished young instrumentalists. Valdés is a singular figure in the history of Cuban jazz, a vanguard player and composer who has continued to expand the synthesis of Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms and post-bop since co-founding the iconic and pervasively influential band Irakere in the early 1970s. He’s released a series of albums on Blue Note that brilliantly capture his awesome keyboard prowess and torrential improvisational flights. Lovano is the rightful heir to the tenor titan lineage that runs from Coleman Hawkins and Dexter Gordon to John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. The Cleveland-native has recorded more albums as a leader for Blue Note that any other artist, exploring a vast array of musical territory (including Flying Colors, the classic 1998 duo session with Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba). Together, Lovano and Valdés are traveling beyond genre and style to a rarified realm that’s pure inspiration.

Artist Personnel

Chucho Valdes piano
Joe Lovano saxophone
Gastón Joya bass
Francisco Mela drums
Yaroldi Abreu Robles percussion

"Mr. Valdes boosted the energy, making the piano talk with great, hard, ringing chords and single notes like rapid-fire arrow shots. The force and charisma in his technique never really get old. " — The New York Times
"After 30 albums as a leader and at least 25 years in the spotlight, it’s clear Joe Lovano is more than a dominant figure in jazz. He’s jazz’s answer to George Clooney or Jeff Bridges, a vibrant player who delivers an award-worthy performance every time out. " — Wall Street Journal