Chucho Valdez, . Cuba
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Son of pianist, composer and bandleader Bebo Valdés, he made his professional debut at the age of 16 playing the piano in the Orchestra Cubana de Música Moderna and Irakere, which he founded and directs to this day. He has played with the most outstanding jazz figures in the most famous jazz venues and is considered one of the best pianists in the world. He has been hailed as one of the four best jazzmen, especially because of his powerful and clean technique, his versatility and very original instrumentations. Many of his compositions, including Misa negra, Las margaritas or Mambo influenciado, feature among the best of the international jazz repertoire. He has been awarded 5 Grammys from 1978 to 2004.