Cuban media outlets have been celebrating Cuban jazz legend Chucho Valdés’ sixth Grammy award in the Best Latin Jazz Album category with his Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac. Radio Coco reports:
Valdes, 74, during his thank you speech recalled several of the members of his original jazz band, Irakere, who have passed away. He also thanked the organizers of the Grammy awards, the American Music Academy and the Maciac Festival where he recorded this CD.
At the Nokia Theater, in the US city of Los Angeles, also extended his congratulations to all the former mambers of Irakere, and those who have been part of it through the years.
The other nominees in that category this year were Entre Colegas — Andy González; Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective On the Music of Woody Shaw—Brian Lynch & Various Artists; Canto América— Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace and La Orquesta Sinfonietta 30 – Trio Da Paz
Chucho Valdes won his first Grammy along Irakere in 1978.