Chucho Valdés to perform his ‘Jazz Batá 2’ at The Soraya
Winner of six Grammy and three Latin Grammy Awards, Cuban pianist, composer and arranger, Chucho Valdés, is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. Now, he will be performing tracks from his 2018 release Jazz Batá 2, inspired by his seminal record Jazz Batá, at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8pm.
The new Jazz Batá band is comprised of Valdés, piano; Ramon Vazquez, acoustic bass; Yaroldy Abreu Robles, congas; and Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé, on batá and voice. Batá is the sacred, hourglass-shaped drum from Cuba and West Africa, and the traditional beats of both cultures permeate Valdés’ piano solos throughout the album. The subject matter of both records is the folklore and religious beliefs of the Yoruba slaves shipped to the Caribbean between 1770 and 1840.