Event | Concerts and Performances Chucho Valdés

Date and Location

  • When: Saturday, October 12, 2019

    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT

  • Where: Thomas Jefferson Building - Coolidge Auditorium (LJG45A)

    10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

Part of Concerts from the Library of Congress

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

One of the most influential jazz figures of the past half-century, the prodigious Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader Chucho Valdés opens our spectacular 2019-2020 season. Valdés summons spirits from many musical cultures with Jazz Batá, an “incendiary, percussion-rich” (SF Jazz) mix melding Yoruban sacred music from West Africa, Cuban dance rhythms and jazz influences both vintage and avant-garde. Here the tall, hourglass-shaped batá drums used in Santería ceremonies evoke ancestors including Ravel, Miles Davis and Cecil Taylor. And from the golden age of Havana’s music in the 1950’s, a danzón mambore calls a tune played by his father, Ramon “Bebo” Valdés. Winner of six Grammys and three Latin Grammys, Chucho Valdés is “A pianist of imperial command, possessed of a dazzling, deceptively casual virtuosity” (New York Times). 

This event is made possible by generous support from the Revada Foundation.

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Contact: (202) 707-5502.