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Bebo Valdés

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Bebo Valdés artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

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January 19, 2006 Ten years ago, the Cuban musician was hardly recognized as a lounge pianist in Stockholm.

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Bebo Valdés rehearses at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2004.

March 22, 2013 The pianist, who enjoyed international fame late in life, was a prime mover of 20th Century Havana.

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November 13, 2008 Valdes left Havana 50 years ago, but at the piano, it's as if he's still there.

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The cover of The Original Mambo Kings: An Introduction To Afro-Cubop 1948-1954

August 1, 2001 Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bebo Valdes and others capture the spirit of the era.

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A woman disguised as "Catrina" poses for a photo in Guadalajara, Mexico. La Catrina is the Mexican representation of death, created 100 years ago by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.

November 1, 2013 Alt.Latino observes the holiday with music and memories of loved ones we lost this year.

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Herencia De Timbiqui, one of the many Afro-Latino artists on this week's show.

February 6, 2014 The show kicks off its Black History Month coverage with the creators of the LatiNegr@s Project.

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April 27, 2010 Hear five examples of the way the instrument has blended seamlessly into decades of jazz.

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February 22, 2010 Hear five Latin versions of songs written by jazz musicians, featuring Poncho Sanchez and more.

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Bebo de Cuba

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  • Album: Bebo de Cuba
  • Artist: Bebo Valdés
  • Label: Calle 54
  • Released: 2005
 

Bebo Rides Again

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  • Album: Bebo Rides Again
  • Artist: Babo Valdes
  • Label: Universal Latino
  • Released: 2004
 

We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together

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  • Album: We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together
  • Artist: Bebo Valdes
  • Label: BMG
  • Released: 2004
 

Lagrimas Negras

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  • Album: Lagrimas Negras
  • Artist: Bebo Valdés/Diego El Cigala
  • Label: RCA
  • Released: 2004
 

Live at the Village Vanguard

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  • Album: Live at the Village Vanguard
  • Artist: Bebo Valdes/Javier Colina
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Released: 2007
 

The Original Mambo Kings: An Introduction To Afro-Cubop 1948-1954

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  • Album: The Original Mambo Kings: An Introduction To Afro-Cubop 1948-1954
  • Artist: Various Artists