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Chuchito Valdés: 88 Keys of Latin Jazz



Chuchito Valdés

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Join Gold Coast Jazz Society as they welcome Chuchito Valdés in the Season Opening Performance of their 2022-2023 Concert Series. LIVE at the Amaturo Theater at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale on November 9th, 2022. Valdés brings natural musical greatness in his bloodlines and a silent public presence that appears to let his music speak for itself. The concert begins at 7:45 pm.

Risen from Latin, Cuban musical ‘royalty,’ this maestro has made his name on his own recognizance, in his debut album Encantando (Enchanting) 2002, followed by La Timba and Herencia in 2004; and Keys of Latin Jazz in 2007.

Chuchito Valdés - Photo credit: Juanlu Vela
Chuchito Valdés – Photo credit: Juanlu Vela

With a talent founded as the third-generation manifestation of a Jazz piano dynasty -his father Chucho Valdés and his grandfather Bebo Valdés– his performance promises to entertain us with his unique blend in the worlds of Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz, Bebop, Danzon, Cha-Cha-Cha among many other genres.

Caribbean rhythms and jazz are natural to his repertoire, and it has been written that Jr. creates an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild! It is also said that this piano master captivates with his sensitivity and creates excitement while showcasing Cuban favorites including Son, Danzón, Cuban Timba and Guaguancó.

As one of five siblings, he alighted as a child prodigy, attending and graduating from La Escuela De Música Ignacia Cervantes and performing his first professional gig at sixteen-years-old. In the mid-80s he was a member of the Cuban Jazz combo Sonido Contemporáneo and by the late 90s he had taken his father’s spot in the renowned Irakere band, which the elder founded and then later chose to go solo. Jr. Eventually followed suit into the one-man limelight leading his own band and following the Afro-Cuban jazz genre, so clearly innate in his nature.

Single tickets for each concert are $65 plus applicable fees and can be purchased online at or through Ticketmaster at 954.462.0222.  All tickets are now paperless for downloading to a mobile device. 

The Gold Coast Jazz Society is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of jazz music through a mainstage concert series, free community concerts, educational programs, a jazz scholarship program and musical services provided by the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band. For more information go to

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.  This program is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.  Concert sponsors include American National Bank, Funding Arts Broward, Helen Ingham Foundation, Mariner Wealth Advisors and the Mary Porter Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward.

Founder, Editor, Webmaster: Latin Jazz Network, World Music Report, That Canadian Magazine. A passionate and committed communicator with a sensibility for the arts based in Toronto, Canada.

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Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall



Dizzy, Chano and Chico — The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall

[New York] – The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance & The Town Hall Present: Dizzy, Chano and Chico — The Original Influencers — 75 Years Later at Town Hall. A celebration of the monumental moments when jazz met the rhythms of Cuba and changed the face of modern music forever. In 1947, legends Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo composed “Manteca” — one of the earliest foundational compositions of Afro-Cuban jazz and among Gillespie’s most famous recordings. In December ’47, Dizzy and Chano performed it live at the famed Town Hall in New York City. Consecutively, composer Chico O’Farrill’s masterpiece “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” brought together bandleader Machito with O’Farrill and Charlie Parker, among others. O’Farrill’s work to meld modern jazz with Cuban big band continued with his collaboration with Dizzy on “The Manteca Suite.” ALJA and Town Hall celebrate Dizzy, Chano and Chico for their groundbreaking introduction of Latin music influences in jazz.

Dizzy, Chano and Chico - The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall
Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall

On January 14, 2023 at Town Hall, the continuum pushes forward 75 years later with the next generation of performers keeping Afro Cuban/Afro Latin jazz alive and well. Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning Arturo O’Farrill and his 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra revisit the acclaimed compositions “Manteca,” “The Manteca Suite,” and  “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” as well as new compositions, arrangements and recent works with some of today’s most distinguished Latin jazz artists. Featured guests include “Superstar of Afro Cuban Percussion” Pedrito Martinez, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Big Chief Donald Harrison, Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena, trumpeter Jon Faddis, as well as emerging talents trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, percussionist Jacquelene Acevedo, and singer/composer Melvis Santa.

This event is part of the on-going centennial celebrations of both Chico O’Farrill and the Town Hall.

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers – 75 Years Later at Town Hall

Featuring: Pedrito Martinez, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Jon Faddis, Daymé Arocena

With: Adam O’Farrill, Jacquelene Acevedo, Melvis Santa

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