Piano Man – Cuban maestro Chucho Valdés returns to Miami

In his 70 plus year career, the great Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés has gone from  revolutionary to institution. Both aspects will be showcased Friday, when Valdés leads Irakere 45, a tribute to the groundbreaking Cuban jazz fusion band, at the Adrienne Arsht Center. The almost sold out show, which launches a U.S. tour that…

A big boost for Miami artists

ArtCenter South Florida announced a major new artist grant program Wednesday, the most striking product yet of the possibilities created by the $88 million sale of one of its Lincoln Road properties in 2014 and the first major initiative of new CEO and president Dennis Scholl. The Ellies, named for ArtCenter founder Ellie Schneiderman, will…