Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express

Grammy-nominated pianist, composer and bandleader Manuel Valera makes his Da Camera debut with the Manuel Valera New Cuban Express sextet. Rooted in the Afro-Cuban music of his homeland, Valera mixes Latin rhythms and jazz techniques to create a fresh and exciting sound that the term “Latin jazz” doesn’t quite capture. A native of Havana, Valera has performed with such Latin and jazz greats as Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval and Dafnis Prieto (who recently performed as part of the Da Camera jazz series with Valera in his band).

8 p.m. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-524-5050 or visit dacamera.com. $35 to $65.
Sat., March 1, 8 p.m., 2014

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