This day (October 9, 1941), in Quivicán, Cuba, is born Chucho Valdés, a Cuban pianist, bandleader and founder of Irakere.
Wikipedia : This day (October 9, 1941), in Quivicán, Cuba, is born Chucho Valdés, a Cuban pianist, bandleader and founder of Irakere.
Chucho Valdés : The positive musical environment of his family allowed him to enter into the knowledge fluently in several styles and genres of music. At the age of 15 he formed his first Jazz Trio with Emilio del Monte and Luis Rodríguez.
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@last.fm : In 1967, he formed the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna and, in 1973, he founded Irakere, the top Cuban jazz orchestra; among its original members were Arturo Sandoval and Paquito D’Rivera. Valdes has been Irakere’s musical director almost from the start and has recorded with the full band, in small groups, and as an impressive solo pianist.