This year Chucho Valdés, a pianist, instrumentalist, and composer who already had four Grammy Awards and is regarded by specialists as one of the top four jazz players of the world, won the Grammy in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album. He shared the award with his father, Bebo Valdés, with the album Juntos para siempre [Together Forever]. Father and son, both Cuban piano virtuosos and exceptionally talented composers got together to record this example of their musical greatness after their tour “Juntos para siempre”— a series of concerts in majors cities of Spain. The album includes songs each one composed in honor of the other, “Preludio para Bebo” and “A Chucho.”
Bebo and Chucho Valdés share their birthdate, October 9 (father in 1918 and son in 1941) as well as their remarkable talent and the fact that they have won numerous Grammy Awards. Bebo Valdés started his career as a pianist in the night clubs of Havana during the 1940s and 50s, in particular, the famed Tropicana, where he worked with singers such as Rita Montaner, Benny Moré, Pío Leyva, Nat “King” Cole, and Sarah Vaughn. After leaving Cuba in 1960, he lived in Mexico, the United States, and Sweden. Well known for his Latin jazz techniques, he won five Grammy Awards.
Like his father, Chucho Valdés is also a pianist, bandleader, composer, arranger, and a major exponent of Cuban jazz. He was the founder of the group Irakere, a celebrated Cuban jazz band. In 2006 he was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations.
Watch father and son play “Tres Palabras” at
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