Chucho Valdes wins his fourth Latin Grammy

Havana, November 15 (RHC) – Multi-award-winning pianist, Chucho Valdes, has won the Latin Grammy in the category of Best Jazz Album, increasing his long list of such prizes.

The legendary pianist prevailed with his album Jazz batá 2 in a section in which other photograms were nominated, such as Turning Pages by Claudia Acuña; Elemental by the trio made up of Otmaro Ruíz, Jimmy Haslip and Jimmy Branly; Dos Orientales by Hugo Fattoruso and Tomohiro Yahiro; and Rio-São Paulo by André Marques, according to Prensa Latina news agency. With this result, the famous Cuban pianist adds the fourth Latin Grammy to his list of six Grammy awards. ‘Congratulations to Maestro Chucho Valdes, another Grammy for his record work,’ the Cuban Music Institute published on its Facebook account.

The new award was presented in the pre-gala prior to the main ceremony of the coveted awards, which was held Thursday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the US city of Las Vegas. During the not televised event, the main winners were Spain’s Alejandro Sanz, Argentina's Andres Calamaro, Puerto Rico’s Kany García and Peruvian-American Tony Succar, with two prizes each. Valdés has received another award this year after he was recognized in 2018 with the Musical Excellence award by the Latin Recording Academy, in charge of granting the prizes, which honored him along with other famous performers, such as Yuri, Wilfrido Vargas, Dyango, Andy Montañez, José María Napoleón and Erasmo Carlos.

It is impossible to explain the current state of Latin jazz without taking into account the multifaceted talent of the virtuoso pianist, conductor and composer Chucho Valdés, said the institution. The academy added that both in his work with the band Irakere and as an eclectic and prolific soloist, Valdés has reinvented the jazz lexicon, mixing it with rock, classical music and music of Afro-Cuban roots.

Edited by Damian Donestevez
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Cuban Musician Chucho Valdes to Be Honored at La Musa Awards

Cuban musician Jesus ''Chucho'' Valdes will be honored on Thursday at the 6th edition of the annual La Musa Award due to his career and contributions to that event throughout his 50-year career.

The awards, presented by Spotify and directed by American Broadway producer Richard Jay-Alexander, highlight the development of Latin music and the global association of composers who, as Valdes, contribute so much to contemporary music.

The renowned pianist will also receive the Latin Grammy Award for Musical Excellence 2018 during a gala on November 13 in Las Vegas, the United States.

The Latin Recording Academy announced both recognitions in which Valdés' outstanding artistic career, his unique vision and contributions in favor of Latin music are praised.

According to the president of that institution, Gabriel Abaroa Jr., recognizing the talent of artists who have exceptionally contributed to this artistic expression in Ibero-America during 2018 is a pride.

The Cuban jazz musician has become a world artist, crossing the borders of the Cuban music through his compositions, and with an authentic mix of Afro-Cuban rhythms and roots, he said.

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Septeto Santiaguero to Perform in New York

Cuba’s Septeto Santiaguero and Jose Alberto “El Canario” will perform next June 28 at the Lincoln Center in New York as part of the annual show Midsummer Night Swing to take plae from June 21 to July 9 in the Big Apple.

There they will perform tracks from the album No quiero llanto, Tributo a los compadres (Los Ca­narios Music/Egrem), Cubadisco 2015 Award winner and Latin Grammy Award winner in 2015 in the category of Best Album of Traditional Music. The album was also nominated to the Latin Grammy Awards in 2016.

The album has been previously presented in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela—where they will perform again with Eduardo Tiburon Morales—and in our country. It will continue to be presented in other countries of Latin America and Europe.

At this moment the Septeto Santiaguero is recording in Estudios Siboney, in Santiago de Cuba, a new album with EGREM, the oldest record company in the country. It will be titled Raiz (Root), a musical production that will homage the different figures they have been influenced in their work of more than 20 years, as said Fernando Dewar, director of Septeto.

Among them are included Ig­nacio Piñeiro, Miguel Matamoros, Ñi­co Saquito, Sindo Garay, Juan For­mell, Adalberto Álvarez, Arsenio Ro­dríguez and Silvio Rodríguez. It will be a varied record that will include danzon, son, trova, changui, sucu sucu, rumba in all its musical richness and it should be released September this year.

The members of the group have also been invited to participate in a new discographic production by Omara Portuondo.

Translation: Cubarte

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Septeto Santiaguero to Celebrate its Latin Grammy Award with the Cuban audience

Fernando Dewar, the leader of Septeto Santiaguero, announced that this Tuesday they will offer a big concert to celebrate the 2015 Latin Grammy Award in the category of Best Traditional Tropical Album for the album No quiero llanto. Tributo a Los Compadres (EGREM / Los Canarios Music) at Casa de la Trova in Santiago de Cuba province.

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Eliades Ochoa, Cuba’s bet on 2014 Latin Grammy Awards

El Eliades que soy, the most recent album by guitarist Eliades Ochoa (Alto Songo, Santiago de Cuba, 1943) is among Cuba's nominations for the 2014 Latin Grammy Awards, as said Ela Ramos, director of Artex’s Bismusic record label, in a press conference.

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