Chucho Valdés

Chucho Valdés

  • Origin:flag of CU
  • jazz
  • classical music
  • musica tradicional cubana
  • Latin American music
  • latin jazz
  • Afro-Cuban jazz
  • jazz cubano
  • jazz piano

Jesús Valdés Rodríguez, better known as Chucho Valdés (born October 9, 1941), is a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger whose career spans over 50 years. An original member of the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna, in 1973 he founded the group Irakere, one of Cuba's best-known Latin jazz bands. Both his father, Bebo Valdés, and his son, Chuchito, are pianists as well. Married to Lorena Salcedo since 2009. As a solo artist, he has won seven Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammy Awards.


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