Cuban Artist wins Fourth Grammy Award

Cuban pianist and composer Chucho Valdes won his fourth Grammy award to the Best  Latin Jazz Album on the 53 annual awards ceremony of the American Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Valdes won the award for his album Chucho’s steps recorded with his new band Mensajeros Afrocubanos. The  band is made up of his former quartet plus wind instruments and folkloric percussion.

According to Granma newspaper Chucho steps has been well received by critics worldwide. 

Valdes has won four Grammy and one Latin Grammy awards: in 1978 for the album Live at Newport by Irakere;  in 1998 for his two songs Mr. Bruce and Mambo para Roy on the recording Havana by his band Crisol (formed  in 1997); in 2003 for his album Live at the Village Vanguard; and in 2011 for his album Chucho’s Steps. In  2009 he won a Latin Grammy with the album Juntos para siempre, sharing the honors with his father Bebo Valdes.

Chucho Valdés Photo: Roberto Suárez

Valdes’ talent and career has also been recognized worldwide with distinctions that include a Doctor  Honoris Causa granted by the University of Havana and the University of Victoria, Canada; in Cuba he also  received the Felix Varela Order; and he has been given the keys to the U.S. cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Madison.

Cuban pianist and composer Chucho Valdes won his fourth Grammy award to the Best  Latin Jazz Album on the 53 annual awards ceremony of the American Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Valdes won the award for his album Chucho’s steps recorded with his new band Mensajeros Afrocubanos. The  band is made up of his former quartet plus wind instruments and folkloric percussion.

According to Granma newspaper Chucho steps has been well received by critics worldwide. 

Valdes has won four Grammy and one Latin Grammy awards: in 1978 for the album Live at Newport by Irakere;  in 1998 for his two songs Mr. Bruce and Mambo para Roy on the recording Havana by his band Crisol (formed  in 1997); in 2003 for his album Live at the Village Vanguard; and in 2011 for his album Chucho’s Steps. In  2009 he won a Latin Grammy with the album Juntos para siempre, sharing the honors with his father Bebo Valdes.

Valdes’ talent and career has also been recognized worldwide with distinctions that include a Doctor  Honoris Causa granted by the University of Havana and the University of Victoria, Canada; in Cuba he also  received the Felix Varela Order; and he has been given the keys to the U.S. cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Madison.

– Juventud Rebelde (juventudrebelde.co.cu)

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