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Chucho Valdés will appear at the 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival on Tuesday, June 25, according to his artist management. The Cuban piano master last appeared at the festival and in Ottawa in 2009.
Valdés will also play at the Montreal Jazz Festival (Théâtre Maisonneuve) on June 28 and in Quebec City on June 27, according to his website.
In his more than 40-year career, Valdés has popularized Cuban jazz around the world, founded Irakere, one of the great Cuban jazz ensembles, and played and recorded with countless jazz masters, including Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea. His powerful piano playing dominates any stage.
The festival had previously announced that Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, and The Bad Plus will appear at the 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival.
They are also promising further artist announcements on Friday, February 22, and the full festival line-up on April 10. We will update this story as further festival musicians are revealed.