Jazz Roots

Chucho Valdés: Irakere 50

With Special Guests Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Luis Enrique and Francisco Céspedes

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February 9, 2024 at 8:00 PM


Knight Concert Hall

Run Time

90 minutes

Parental Guide

Ages 8+


$45 - $125

Fresh off the world premiere of his epic work La Creación at the Arsht Center in 2021, Cuban pianist and composer Chucho Valdés returns to commemorate 50 years of Irakere, the legendary Afro-Cuban jazz band he founded that changed the face of Latin music forever.

With its audacious mix of Afro-Cuban ritual music, Cuban dance music, jazz, classical music and rock, Irakere marked a before and after in Latin jazz. The group’s self-titled debut recording in the United States won a Grammy as Best Latin Recording in 1979. In 2015, Valdés celebrated Irakere’s 40th anniversary with a world tour. Tribute to Irakere: Live at Marciac, which captured a performance on that tour, won a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2016.

For the first time in over 40 years, Valdés will be joined on stage by Paquito D’ Rivera and Arturo Sandoval along with special guests Luis Enrique and Francisco Céspedes and accompanied by bassist José A. Gola, drummer Horacio Hernandez, percussionist Roberto Jr. Vizcaino Torre, trumpeters Eddy de Armas Jr. and Osvaldo Fleites, saxophonists Carlos Averhoff Jr. and Luis Beltrán and vocalist Ramón Alvarez.

Photo credit: InnerCat Music Group


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  • Chucho Valdés

  • Arturo Sandoval

  • Luis Enrique


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