Pianist, professor and lecturer, Lázaro Valdés is part of a prestigious family of cuban musicians. He has been performing with his latin jazz quintet SON JAZZ since 2003.
Born in Havana on December 17 (ST. Lazarus) 1940, Lázaro Valdés comes from a prestigious family: his father Oscar Valdés and his uncles Alfredito and Vincentico Valdés.
Lázaro has worked with several reknown Cuban orchestras: Casino de la Playa, Orquesta Riverside, Sabor a Cuba, Conjunto el Niño Rivera and Teatro Marti's Orchestra under the direction of Rodrigo Prats. Later he launches his first band "Te Con E" in 1972 and made his premier at the Cabaret Tropicana next to Cuban divas Elena Bourke and Omara Portuondo. From 1995-97 he was musical director of the Parisien Cabaret at the National Hotel and Havana's East Beach Cabaret circuit.
His international touring includes: Germany, Angola, Mongolia, Italy, Peru, Canada, Martinica, Mexico, Japan, Hungary, Rumania, Russia, Panama, Spain and Thailand. A recognized professor and lecturer, Lázaro has various international awards in Cuba and other countries. He has lectured many universities about the Origins & Roots of the Cuban Son and the Birth of Ragtime in Cuba.
Beginning in 2003, Lázaro Valdés has been performing with his quintet SON JAZZ. His powerful sound fuses Son, Timba and Jazz with the Danzón, Contradanza and classical music with virtuosity and originality.