Jazz Connection: Wynton Marsalis in Havana and Chucho Valdés in New York

Joshua Lerner describes the translocation of U.S. trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés, as a “cultural bridge” that “will join jazz lovers in Havana and New York this October.” See excerpts with a link to the full article below:

Both virtuosos and their accompanying artists will offer concerts and workshops in Cuba and the United States as part of an artistic exchange between Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Cuban Institute of Music. Adrian Ellis, Executive Director of the New York-based organization, stressed the importance of this initiative as, throughout history, musicians from both countries have made great contributions to jazz, with works enjoyed by everyone. [. . .]

The extraordinary American musician, composer, orchestra director and cultural promoter, who visited Cuba in 1997, will this time come with his famous Lincoln Center Orchestra. Marsalis’ repertoire in Havana will include themes grouped in “Big Band Jazz,” “US-Cuba Jazz Connections” and “Small Group Jazz.” Winner of nine Grammy awards, both for his jazz and his classical music discs, Marsalis mentioned the special interest he has on this visit and outlined the rich legacy of Jazz, a result of the mixture between Cuban and American musicians. He added that these roots have grown and developed from the early New Orleans music –the same place Marsalis was born- to today’s Chucho Valdés’ music.

Back in New York, from October 21 to 23, the US cultural center will host an Afro-Cuban Jazz celebration to remember all those that influenced these rhythms in the United States like Chano Pozo, Cachao, Bebo Valdés and Mario Bauza, among others, all of whom shared the stage there with personalities such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Nat King Cole.

On this occasion, Chucho Valdés (1941)—who will visit the United States after a seven-year absence—will introduce his group: the Afro-Cuban Messengers, with themes from his most recent disc “Chucho’s Steps.”

For full article, see http://www.cubanow.net/pages/articulo.php?sec=4&t=2&item=8791

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