Wed, October 17th

Cuba Piano Woman: 100 Years of Bebo Valdes

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Doors 7 PM
Show 8 PM
Advance Price $15
Door Price $20

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Cuba Piano Woman: 100 Years of Bebo Valdes

Photo Copyright: Javier Del Real

Bebo Valdés is Cuba's most influential figure. From being the house pianist and arranger at the renowned Tropicana club in Havana , backing up singers such as benny Moré and Pio Leyva in the early 50’s, to recording with Nat King Cole, Bebo’s career spanned over six decades. He left Cuba in the 1960’s and it was thanks to reedman Paquito D’Rivera that Bebo had a musical revival with his album ‘Bebo Rides Again’. He was a central piece for the movie ‘Calle 54’ by Fernando Trueba, where his piano playing was brought forth to a wider audience. From that time forward, he enjoyed praise for records such as ‘Juntos Para Siempre’, with his son Chucho, ‘El Arte del Sabor’, ‘Bebo de Cuba’, and ‘Lágrimas Negras’, winning multiple Grammy awards. 

Honoring Valdes’ centennial, two young women pianists of today’s contemporary latin jazz scene, Glenda Del E and Ariacne Trujillo will reimagine and interpret Valdés’ music.

Glenda del E is a multifaceted Afro Latin Soul artist from Cuba. del E has managed to establish herself as an extremely talented versatile musician amongst diverse music circles in Havana, Miami, Toronto and currently in NYC. Her resume includes competitions and awards from prestigious institutions like: Carnegie Hall Paquito de Rivera Workshop, Alejandro Sanz International Tour Sirope, the ASCAP Foundation, RBC Emerging Talent (Toronto Arts Council), Canada Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto, York University, among others.

Born in Havana, Ariacne Trujillo began her career as a child prodigy concert pianist. Blessed with perfect pitch, she was able to graduate with honors from Cuba’s hyper-competitive ISA conservatory while working as a singer and dancer at the legendary Cabaret Tropicana. Since arriving in New York City in 2002, Ariacne has performed or recorded with Paul Simon ("Song of the Capeman" Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2008), Paquito D’Rivera, Johnny Pacheco, Oscar de Leon, Isaac Delgado, and Savion Glover.