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Chucho Valdés Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

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Wednesday August 29, 2018

From The Latin Recording Academy®

The Latin Recording Academy® to honor Erasmo Carlos, Dyango, Andy Montañez, José María Napoleón, Chucho Valdés, Wilfrido Vargas, and turi with the Lifetime Achievement Award

MIAMI (August 29, 2018) – The Latin Recording Academy® announced today that Erasmo Carlos, Dyango, Andy Montañez, José María Napoleón, Chucho Valdés, Wilfrido Vargas, and Yuri will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“We are proud to pay tribute to this remarkable group of talented artists and music professionals with this year’s Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., Latin Recording Academy President/CEO. “Our 2018 class has made outstanding contributions benefitting Ibero-American music, providing innovation and a unique vision in favor of all music lovers.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to performers who have made unprecedented contributions of outstanding artistic significance to Latin music. The Trustees Award is voted on by The Latin Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees and given to individuals who have made significant contributions, other than in performance, to music during their careers.

Chucho Valdés

It is impossible to ponder the current state of Latin jazz without considering the multifaceted talent of virtuoso pianist, bandleader, and composer Chucho Valdés. Both in his work with supergroup Irakere and as an eclectic and prolific solo artist, Valdés reinvented the lexicon of jazz, blending it with rock, classical music, and Afro-Cuban roots music. Chucho Valdés’ Irakere featured some of the island’s most talented musicians including Paquito D’Rivera on saxophone, Arturo Sandoval on trumpet, and featured a dazzling mix of rock, Afro-Cuban roots music and jazz. In 1998, Valdés launched an ambitious solo career that has included outstanding performances, a moving duet album with his father Bebo Valdés (Juntos Para Siempre), crackling quartet sessions, and the appearance of a new band, The Afro-Cuban Messengers. In 2000, Chucho Valdes and his father participated in Calle 54, a documentary film about Latin jazz musicians. He has received three Latin GRAMMYs™ and six GRAMMY awards.

Read about the other honorees here