After 50 years of shaping a whole school of modern jazz from deep within the tradition of the batá drum, Cuban piano great Chucho Valdés takes the stage at Town Hall as part of the 31st Annual Earshot Jazz Festival. Valdés leads a fiery, sparkling band featuring Yelsey Heredia on bass, Yaroldy Abreu Robles on drums, and Dreiser Durruthy Bambelé on batá and vocals. Winner of six Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for decades. He invites us to a performance inspired by works from his most recent album, Jazz Batá 2, blending jazz with the traditional rhythms of the sacred batá.
The 31st Annual Earshot Jazz Festival celebrates the art form’s leading edges and cultural heritage. For 33 days, jazz greats from around the world and renowned resident artists come together to create, share, improvise, explore, collaborate, and swing.
Presented by Earshot Jazz.