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Chucho Valdés and Paquito D’Rivera Reunion Sextet


June 18, 2022 at 8:00 PM


Knight Concert Hall

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Ages 8+

For almost 60 years, Chucho Valdés and Paquito D’Rivera have been widely recognized as distinguished players and composers in the worlds of Afro-Cuban music, jazz and classical. In their youth, Valdés and D’Rivera cultivated a friendship inherited from their fathers, Bebo Valdés and Tito Rivera, prominent musicians in the dynamic artistic life of 1940s and 1950s Havana. Trained in classical music, Valdés and D’Rivera were attracted to great jazz improvisers such as Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. They developed their craft in Havana theaters and in the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna, which D’Rivera conducted for two years. In 1973, Valdés invited his friend to co-found Irakere, one of the most transcendent groups in Cuban music.

In May 1980, D’Rivera left his beloved homeland to go into exile in New York, the city of his childhood dreams. Separately, he and Valdés have amassed more than 25 Grammys and Latin Grammys, among many other distinctions.

Now, they are reuniting for a new recording and tour that will include trumpeter Diego Urcola, bassist José A. Gola, drummer Dafnis Prieto and percussionist Roberto Junior Vizcaino.

Masks are welcome and encouraged; however, as of March 11, they are NOT REQUIRED for this production at the Arsht Center. We continue to maintain enhanced cleaning and air filtration procedures for the wellbeing of all and encourage anyone feeling sick to stay home. Any policy changes will be sent directly to ticketholders and updated regularly at


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