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NJPAC Presents Grammy-Winning CHUCHO VALDEZ and the AFRO-CUBAN MESSENGERS with HIROMI: The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips
(Published: December 02, 2011)

Cuban jazz legend Chucho Valdes returns to NJPAC's Prudential Hall for the first time since 2003 on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 3pm with the Afro-Cuban Messengers, the band with which he recorded his latest Grammy-winning CD. Japanese jazz/pop pianist Hiromi and her Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Philips share the bill in an afternoon concert that spans genres and continents. The performance is part of NJPAC's Wells Fargo Jazz Series and is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Discover Jersey Arts.

Tickets are $29-$80 and are available by telephone at 1-888-466-5722, at the NJPAC Box Office at One Center Street in downtown Newark, and at www.njpac.org. To purchase tickets for groups of 10 or more, call 973-297-5804

About the Artists:
Chucho Valdes, a pianist, composer, arranger, band leader and music professor, has recorded over 80 CDs, has collaborated with other artists continually, has won five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, and has performed solo and with his band across the world. He was born in Havana, Cuba in 1941 to a muscial family- his mother, Pilar Rodriguez, was a singer and piano teacher, his father, the great band leader and pianist Bebo Valdés. Valdés formed his fitst band at the age of 15 and in 1973 formed the Cuban genre-defining band Irakere. With its blend of jazz, rock, traditonal Cuban music and classical, the band had a major influence on Cuban music that can still be heard today. In 2009 Valdés formed Chucho Valdés & the Afro-Cuban Messenger. The group tours internationally and recorded Valdes' most recent Grammy-winning release, "Chucho's Steps," in 2011.

Japanese pianist and composer Hiromi started playing the piano when she was six years old and while still a teenager played with the Czech Philharmonic and Chick Corea. She is a Berklee College of Music graduate who has performed with Corea, Ahmad Jamal and Stanley Clarke. She made her debut in 2003 with Another Mind (Telarc), which won the Recording Industry Association of Japan's "Jazz Album of the Year" award and sold over 100,000 copies. In June of this year, she released Voice on the Concord Music Group label with her Trio Project - bassist Anthony Jackson (Paul Simon, The O'Jays, Steely Dan, Chick Corea) and drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Judas Priest, David Gilmour, Jack Bruce). Her Trio Project collaborators join her for this performance.

More Information: http://www.njpac.org

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