Stream Chucho Valdés new album via NPR First Listen, and check out summer concerts

Great news! Cuban Jazz Giant Chucho Valdés's new release Border-Free will be featured on NPR's First Listen starting July 1st. On Border-Free, out July 9 on Jazz Village, pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés, draws inspiration from Flamenco, Moroccan Gnawa music and the jazz tradition.  A follow-up to his 2010 Grammy-Winning Chucho's Steps, Valdés returns with the Afro-Cuban Messengers taking time to not only experiment but also reflect and celebrate significant people in his life including his late father, Bebo Valdés.  Border-Free also features long-time friend Branford Marsalis appearing three tracks playing tenor sax on "Tabú" and "Bebo," and soprano on "Abdel." “I have great admiration for all of them, especially the father, Ellis. He was the first Marsalis I met. It’s been a friendship of more than 30 years.” (Chucho Valdés).

Jazz Village launched Border-Free coinciding with Valdés's north American tour with the Afro-Cuban Messengers at New York's Town Hall on June 21.  After concerts in Puerto Rico and Canada, Chucho will tour Europe through the end of July and return to the U.S. in August for three concerts at Stanford Jazz Festival on August 10th, Houston's Miller Outdoor Theatre on August 13th and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on August 14th!