Chucho Valdes Named Harvard Jazz Master-in-Residence

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Thursday April 18, 2019

From The Bay State Banner

Chucho Valdes named Harvard’s 2019 Jazz Master-in-Residence
By: Celina Colby

Last week the vibrancy of Cuba came to the stark, puritan halls of Harvard University in full musical swing. During the week the University celebrated their 2019 Jazz Master-in-Residence, Chucho Valdes. A Cuban pianist, composer and arranger, Valdes has made significant contributions to the contemporary Cuban music canon and has facilitated bringing those beats to the United States.

The week reached a crescendo during the concert at the Sanders Theatre on Friday, April 12, during which Valdes performed many of his own songs with the University jazz ensemble. “The marriage between jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms goes way back,” said Jose Masso, host and producer of “¡Con Salsa!” on WBUR, and guest host for the evening. “We are celebrating the great legacy of Chucho Valdes, a great contributor to the Cuban culture.”

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