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Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40 

When: Sun., Nov. 8, 4 p.m. 2015
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Cuban pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban music over the past 50 years. Valdés found inspiration from his life experiences, as seen in Irakere, a historically innovative ensemble that marked a “before” and “after” in Afro-Cuban jazz. The Irakare 40 tour will introduce you to a new generation of Cuban talent, including musicians from Valdés’s band the Afro-Cuban Messengers.

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