San Sebastian, Spain – Pianist Bebo Valdés received the Donostia Award of Jazzaldia, at the 38 edition of San Sebastian Jazz Festival, classified by him as the “best in the world.” Valdés received the award from San Sebastian city mayor Odón Elorza, at the City Hall of the Basque city, with the presence of Spanish flamenco singer Diego el Cigala, with whom Valdés performed in the Festival.
Nearly 85 years old and dressed with an elegant blue suit, Bebo explained that in 1963 he had to “decide between love and art” and chose the first, getting married in Stockholm, where he stayed to live, which is why he lived for more than 30 years in anonymity until Fernando Trueba rescued him. Bebo did not want to miss the chance to praise his son Chucho’s qualities, who he called superior to him concerning musical taste and “absolute ear”, although Chucho only modestly replied that he is nothing but “his follower, his sequel.” Father and son also paid homage to two great figures of Cuban music recently deceased, Compay Segundo and Celia Cruz, whose heritage, they stated, “will remain forever.”
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.