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"Chuchito" Valdéz Jr. To Perform at the WorldBeat Cultural Center
Published January 16, 2007

Afro-Cuban jazz pianist Jesus "Chuchito" Valdéz, Jr. will perform at the WorldBeat Cultural Center Thursday January 25, 2007.

A child prodigy raised in Havana, Jesus "Chuchito" Valdés has inherited more than his father's famous name. On a recording made in Chicago last summer, he displays the hell-bent intensity and daredevil technique of the elder Valdés-qualities recognized worldwide as hallmarks of Cuban Jazz.

In terms of pure flamboyance, Chuchito can just about match his dad - he can raise a mountain of rhythmic intensity with a driving Montuno, create flutelike filigrees in his fluttering right hand figures, or stagger flashing cords at breakneck speed to build a kaleidoscopic improvisation.

The Performance will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2007 at the WorldBeat Cultural Center at 2100 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information, please call 619-230-1190.