Chuchito Valdés, following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdés and grandfather Bebo Valdés, continues the legacy of great piano players form Cuba.

With influences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito creates an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild.   This piano master captivates with his sensitivity and drives excitement with his dynamic band.

Chuchito has recorded and performed piano with the world renown Cuban band, Irakere, which he led for 2 years. He has also performed at festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the world: from Cuba and the Caribbean to North America, South America, and Europe.

Chuchito is recognized as a master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco. He has also extensively studied classical music including harmony and composition.  His original compositions and arrangements draw on classical harmonic and  structural techniques. In his performances, Chuchito’s music draws on many styles including Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz, Bebop, Danzon, Cha-Cha-Cha, Son Montuno and much  more.  Chuchito Valdés currently resides in Cancun, Mexico and is a frequent performer in the United State and Canada.

“Chuchito Valdés displays the hell-bent intensity and daredevil technique of the elder Valdés-qualities recognized worldwide as hallmarks of Cuban Jazz.”
Neil Tesser / The Reader (Chicago’s Art & Culture Guide) and author of The Playboy Guide to Jazz

Appearing with Chuchito will be Phil Dwyer, Roberto Occhipinti, Mark Kelso, Alexis Baro and Al Kay.



The Brandon University Big Band (BUBB) is one of the best and most eclectic large ensembles in collegiate North America, and the premier performing ensemble of Brandon University’s Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music Program. Under the direction of Michael Cain, this ensemble plays music that ranges from traditional big band repertoire such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Thad Jones, as well as a wide range of contemporary popular music of today. While the ensemble is rooted in the language and tradition of jazz, past performances have included music from Prince, Jay Z, Beyonce, Snarky Puppy, 21 Pilots, Fela Kuti, Aretha Franklin, and Kendrick Lamar to name a few. Noted for it’s exceptional individual musicianship and tight ensemble performances, a BUBB concert is an event not to be missed.



Electric bassist/composer Rich Brown has been playing professionally since 1992. He has released 3 albums as a leader and appears on over 70 recordings ranging from Jazz to Funk to traditional Arabic and Asian music. Rich has performed with a wide variety of artists including Rudresh Mahanthappa, Steve Coleman, Angelique Kidjo, Kurt Elling, Kim Mitchell, ames Blood Ulmer, The Parachute Club, Molly Johnson and David Clayton Thomas. He also leads his own groups – rinsehtealgorithm and The Abeng – and was nominated for a Juno Award in 2016 in the category of Jazz Album of the Year: Solo for his latest album “Abeng”.




In addition to the ticketed main concerts listed above, “Brandon University Presents” two free concerts, both in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall.  Friday, 11:45am – 12:45pm features the Brandon University Faculty Quartet.  Saturday, 11:45am – 12:45pm will feature the Brandon University Eklektikos Band.

Featuring the three pillars of Brandon University’s Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music faculty, this incredible quartet sets an inspiring example for future performers and educators.  Michael Cain, formerly on faculty at the Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory, can be heard on countless recordings and most recently toured with Terence Blanchard, a 2019 Grammy award winner and Academy Award nominee.  Drummer and percussionist Eric Platz, admired throughout Western Canada as a top music educator, has recently received rave reviews for his debut recording “Life After Life.”  Matt Steckler, the newest member of the faculty, has made a huge impact on our scene in less than two years, and has a long and celebrated track record as one of the North Eastern United States’ most engaging and creative saxophonists.  Last but not least, third-year student James Hamilton joins his mentors on stage.  A highly talented and motivated bassist, James is already gaining much warranted acclaim in Western Canada.

Presenting an eclectic repertoire of music by Count Basie, Aretha Franklin, Busty and the Bass, Cannonball Adderley, and the Winery Dogs (amongst others), the Brandon University “Eklektikos” Band features fifteen first and second-year superstars in the School of Music. Under the guidance of Professor Eric Platz, the band explores a variety of large ensemble performance techniques in the context of traditional big band music and student arrangements of contemporary popular music.