Repeating Islands

The Times Picayune reports that “Observers of New Orleans culture often describe the town as ‘the northernmost city of the Caribbean.’” Apparently, it will feel a lot more Caribbean on Monday, November 19, when Cuban piano legend Chucho Valdes plays a free concert at the Joy Theater, 1200 Canal Street. The concert, which is sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, begins with a performance by Alexey Marti, a young Cuban percussionist who is studying in the jazz program at the University of New Orleans. The show begins at 7:00pm; Valdes is expected to start around 9:00pm. The New Orleans newspaper writes:

At age 70, this multiple Grammy winner offers a direct connection to the Cuban tradition. His father, Bebo Valdes, was an influential Cuban bandleader. The elder Valdes also served as his son’s first piano teacher. But the son isn’t a slave to tradition. Valdes first made…

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