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Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express / Latin Jazz
Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express / Latin Jazz

Fri, Feb 02


Terraza 7

Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express / Latin Jazz

Experience the unique fusion of jazz and Cuban rhythms with Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express. Inspired by iconic Cuban artists, the band blends Jazz, R&B, and funk for a vibrant evening in the heart of NYC's jazz scene.

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Time & Location

Feb 02, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane Street, Elmhurst NY 11373

About the event

Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express / Latin Jazz

Presented by Terraza 7

Date: Friday, February 2nd, 2024

Time: 7:30 pm


$20 Cover Charge for Mezzanine Seating.


  • Hamish Smith / Bass
  • Samuel Torres / Congas
  • Jimmy Macbride/ Drums
  • John Ellis / Sax
  • Manuel Valera / Piano, responsible for arrangements and compositions.

About New Cuban Express:

Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express is a project deeply influenced by the experiments of Cuban artists from the 70s and 80s. While inspired by artists Irakere, Emiliano Salvador and AfroCuba, this working band creates a unique and distinctive style that mixes elements of Jazz, R&B, fusion and funk with Cuban music styles.

About Manuel Valera:

Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Manuel Valera, now based in New York City, is a Grammy-nominated artist, pianist, and composer. Since his arrival in NYC, Valera has earned significant recognition in the modern jazz arena. He's lent his exceptional talents as both a pianist and composer to a slew of notable artists including Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, and many more.

Leading his band, "Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express," Valera's work is profoundly influenced by Cuban artists of the 70s and 80s. His unique style seamlessly integrates elements of Jazz, R&B, fusion, and funk with Cuban music, drawing inspiration from iconic figures like Irakere and Emiliano Salvador.

With "Expectativas" (MAVO 2013) marking his seventh recording as a leader, Valera's accolades include a Grammy nomination in 2013 for "New Cuban Express" (MAVO 2012) in the Best Latin Jazz Album category. His vast discography includes critically acclaimed albums such as "Forma Nueva" (MAVO 2004) and "Melancolia" (MAVO 2006).

Over his illustrious career, Valera has received numerous grants for composition, including from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. His performances span the globe, with shows in over 30 countries at some of the world's premier venues and festivals.


  • Mezzanine

    Gain privileged access to the concert at Terraza7's Mezzanine, where you'll enjoy the intimacy of a private space with seating. Immerse yourself in the melodies and rhythms, all while being in close proximity to the talented musicians.

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