Yelfris Valdés is a Cuban artist, composer and trumpet player. He performed and toured with some of Cuba’s most known musicians including the legendary Grammy Award winning Buena Vista Social Club, Omara Portuondo, Barbarito Torres, Guajiro Mirabal, Amadito Valdes, Roberto Fonseca and X Alfonso.
At the age of 20, he joined one of, if not the longest running bands performing the Cuban son style, Sierra Maestra. In the 10 years he spent with the band he mastered the art of Cuban improvisation, arranging and complex rhythms from the island, whilst touring their music in more than 50 countries. In 2010, they were nominated at the Grammy Awards for Best Tropical Album, which included several of Yelfris’ compositions.
In 2014 he moved to London and positioned himself very quickly as one of the most in demand trumpet players in the capital’s music scene since. Due to his versatility and improvisation abilities he has been requested to play with big international stars from the likes of Madonna, The Clash and Michael Kiwanuka to multi Grammy Award winning pianist Chucho Valdés, Rokia Traoré amongst others. His debut album “For The Ones” is being released early October 2019 and his concert at MJAZZ will be his international debut with his own group!