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Tom Ehrlich - Chucho Valdes Irakere Tribute

CHUCHO VALDÉS TRIBUTE TO IRAKERE

SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY, ROHNERT PARK, CALIFORNIA

OCTOBER 25, 2015

PHOTOS BY TOM EHRLICH ©2015

Chucho Valdés and a powerhouse group have been touring the United States to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Irakere. The group performed six times in the Bay Area and I only had one opportunity to photograph them. Pedro Martínez Group was the opening act. I will post photos from Pedrito's group separately.

Irakere consisted of:

Chucho Valdés leader and piano
Rafael Águila alto sax
Ariel Brínguez tenor sax
Carlos Dimet trumpet
Manuel Machado  trumpet
Reinaldo Melián trumpet
Gastón Joya  bass
Dreiser Durruthy vocals and batá
Yaroldy Abreu Robles congas/ percussion
Rodney Barreto drumset

Besides the above photo and one more of the band, this gallery will be all black and white images for a change.

Yaroldy Abreu Robles congas and Dreiser Durruthy batá

Chucho

Manuel Machado trumpet

Rafael Águila sax

Rodney Barreto drum set

Gastón Joya bass

The highlight of the concert for me were these guys plus Yaroldy on congas playing some mean rhythms

Left to right Rafael Águila, Ariel Brínguez, Reinaldo Melián,Manuel Machado, Carlos Dimet 

Carlos Dimet

Reinaldo Melián great soloist

Ariel Brínguez

 

Thursday, 05 September 2019, 11:50 PM