“A hurricane where the Buena Vistas were a summer breeze.” —The Guardian
Tickets go on sale to Friends of Burlington Discover Jazz Festival on Monday, April 9 at 10 am and to the general public on Friday, April 13 at 10 am. Buy tickets in person at the FlynnTix Regional Box Office, online, or at 802-86-FLYNN. Annual festival membership begins at $50 and is open to anyone at any time. To buy tickets during the member on sale period, members must enter a promo code on the show page. To become a member and purchase tickets during the member on sale period visit www.discoverjazz.com.
Winner of six Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years. In 1972, Chucho released his fourth album, a trio recording with bass and batá drums entitled simply, Jazz Batá. This ten-song exploration of the descarga roots of Cuban jazz was a departure from his early quintet recordings. Blending jazz with traditional rhythms of the sacred batá, the music showcased Chucho’s virtuosity and formed the stylistic foundation of what would become Chucho’s history-making group, Irakere. Decades later, Chucho returns to the Jazz Batá sound, joined by bassist Yelsy Heredia, plus percussionists Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé and Yaroldy Abreu Robles in a journey to discover modern interpretations of classic forms.