Blue Note Artists Chucho Valdes, Bebo Valdes & Gonzalo Rubalcaba Win Latin Grammy Awards


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Second Time In the History of the Grammy Awards Father and Son--Bebo and Chucho Valdés-- Win Concurrent Grammy Award

Three Blue Note artists, including Cuban pianists--father and son Bebo and Chucho Valdés--took home prizes at the 3rd Annual LATIN GRAMMY Awards, which recognizes the best in Latin recording arts and sciences. The annual awards ceremony brings together members of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking communities to honor creative and technical achievements in 41 categories from a range of musical fields, including pop, rock, regional, jazz, Brazilian and classical.

The awards were presented on Wednesday, September 18, 2002, at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California.

Key member of Cuba’s famed Tropicana era and father to Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdes was awarded Best Traditional Tropical Album for El Arte del Sabor (The Art of Flavor) featuring his Trio with Israel López “Cachao" & Carlos “Patato" Valdés. While in New York to film Calle 54, Bebo recorded El Arte del Sabor, a panorama of classic Cuban tunes of his time, in a simple trio setting with two trend-setting musicians of his generation. This is Valdés’ first LATIN GRAMMY.

Stay tuned for more information on Bebo Valdés’ debut New York performance at the Blue Note, October 15-20, 2002.

Although not a Blue Note recording, Chucho Valdés took home his first LATIN GRAMMY for Best Pop Instrumental Album for Canciones Inéditas, (Egrem). Last year, Valdés took home a GRAMMY for his Blue Note recording, Live at the Village Vanguard, which captured a blazing live performance by his quartet at the famous New York City club, was also awarded the coveted 5-star rating from Down Beat Magazine.

38-year old pianist/composer/bandleader, Gonzalo Rubalcaba was awarded Best Latin Jazz Album for Supernova, his seventh album for Blue Note. JazzTimes praised Rubalcaba¹s “impeccable technique and soulful ideas that draw from the Cuban traditions and contemporary harmonies of jazz and classical music" and stated that Supernova represents “a new plateau in his career."

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