Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Chuchito Valdés Jr.

Chuchito Valdés Jr.

Jesus “Chuchito” Valdés Jr. is hoping to establish himself as a pianist, composer and arranger on his own merits and not as the son of Cuban jazz great Chucho Valdés. With a debut album, Encantado, on New York’s Town Crier Recordings, the eldest of Chucho’s five kids is brewing a nice blend of Afro-Cuban beats that swings with an awesome kick and a jazz spirit helped along by Australian saxophonist Laksar Reese.

“I began studying classical music as a boy,” says Valdés, 35, “but when I was 13 I put my piano studies aside to play baseball.” He eventually left the diamond for the conservatory, returning to La Escuela de Musica Ignacio Cervantes to specialize in classical and Cuban popular music.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published