Chucho Valdés plays his own La Creación in Paris
Live at the Philharmonie de Paris 2021
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Chucho Valdés — Composer, pianist
Hilario Durán — Keyboards, arranger
John Beasley — Keyboards, arranger
José A. Gola — Bass guitarist, double bassist
Dafnis Prieto — Drummer
Roberto Jr. Vizcaíno — Percussionist
Erick Barbería — Principal Batá drum, singer
Yosvani González Franco — Batá drum, singer
Felipe Sarria Linares — Batá drum, singer
Yeni Valdés — Singer
Brian Lynch — Trumpeter
Etienne Charles — Trumpeter
Marcus Strickland — Alto saxophonist
Carlos Fernandez Averhoff Jr. — Tenor/saxophonist
Live from the Philharmonie de Paris, spend a jazzy evening in the company of the extraordinary Chucho Valdés—renowned composer, dynamite pianist, expert arranger, and legendary pioneer of Afro-Cuban jazz. After 60 years on the scene, the veteran knows how to light up the stage as a soloist or bring his ingenuity into perfect harmony with an ensemble.
Valdés opens the festivities with an incredible recital, with more and more musicians coming to join him onstage in the leadup to act two: La Creación, a composition by Valdés through which he recounts the emergence of West African Yoruba culture in the Caribbean. Under the direction of the man himself, piano, drums, bass, Batà drums, Creole choir, trumpets, and saxophones present a captivating and vibrant homage to Afro-Cuban fusion, of which Valdés is one of the greatest representatives.
Friday, November 20, 2026