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La Plaza; Chucho Valdés en Concierto


with english subtitles (spanish language program)

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La Plaza
Chucho Valdés en Concierto
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Series Description

Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

The Cuban-born jazz pianist performs with his band-- including his sister, vocalist Mayana Valdes--in highlights from a concert to be taped at Sanders Theater in Cambridge on March 28.

Called “the most complete pianist” by Jazziz Magazine, Jesus “Chucho” Valdes brings African religious traditions and straight-ahead jazz to the keyboard. When performed at Cambridge’s Sanders Theater in March 1999, La Plaza’s cameras caught his fiery rhythms and “magic fingers” (The Boston Globe). Chucho Valdes in Concert features an exclusive interview with Valdes.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Chucho Valdés en Concierto,” 04/29/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 23, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6357539536E2401896194B1353B9035C.
MLA: “La Plaza; Chucho Valdés en Concierto.” 04/29/1999. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 23, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6357539536E2401896194B1353B9035C>.
APA: La Plaza; Chucho Valdés en Concierto. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6357539536E2401896194B1353B9035C
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