(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – World renowned Cuban pianist
Chucho Valdés, several times Grammy award winner, opened the Irakere Jazz Club in Havana in an effort to lure local and international musicians to jam in the Cuban capital. Valdés, one of the musicians who best represents Cuban jazz, helped kick off the club´s opening over the weekend.
The club “is a longtime dream come true and will be a source of inspiration for young musicians, Cuban music and Latin jazz, in general,” Valdés told Prensa Latina. The nightclub is located in Havana´s former Rio Club, a hotspot for Cuban jazzmen over the past 20 years, and will hold early and late evening performances. Valdés, director of the jazz group Irakere for 30 years and winner of four Grammy awards, said the club would be one of the main venues for Havana´s Jazz Plaza International Festival, which he organizes. Starting this year, the event will be held annually “so as to not fall out of step with musicians around the world and to maintain an enriching exchange with them,” the musician said.
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.