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Cuban Sunshine For A Rainy Seattle - Kiki Valera Concert At SAM

The cheerful sound of Cuban son music is featured in a concert performance on this week's Jazz Northwest. The concert was recorded earlier this month when the band played at The Seattle Art Museum as part of the Art of Jazz series presented by Earshot.  It's sunny music and a perfect antidote for a rainy Seattle day.

Kiki Valera is considered by many to be Cuba's finest cuatro player and after 25 years directing La Familia Valera Miranda in Santiago de Cuba, he is now living in Seattle and working with his new Seattle band, Cubaché.

The seven member band includes cuatro, guitar, bass, congas and bongos with two lead singers who also play miscellaneous percussion.  Most of the members also sing as the coros. The band played for a capacity audience and many were on their feet and dancing before the concert was over. 

The next concert in the free Art of Jazz series at SAM will feature singer Jacqueline Tabor 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 13. 

Jazz Northwest airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Pacific on 88.5 KNKX and streams at  The program is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke, exclusively for KNKX..  After broadcast, programs are archived and may be streamed on demand at  

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Jim has been a fixture on Seattle radio since 1961. He was the host of Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International from 1984-2014. Currently Jim has been producing Jazz Northwest for KNKX since 1988. This weekly program focuses on the regional jazz scene and frequently includes performances Jim records on location for Jazz Northwest.