The award-winning Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés will open the XXXIII edition of the International Jazz Plaza 2018 Festival, which will take place in this capital next January, the organizers announced. Valdés, considered the live jazz player of the island with the highest international recognition, will once again assume the responsibility of opening the Cuban classic, considered one of the most important in the world. The event, with venues in various Havana venues and presentations from its previous edition in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, will have five concerts in December, which will include a tribute to the late Cuban pianist Emilio Salvador. Sponsored by the Cuban Institute of Music and the National Center for Popular Music, and chaired by maestro Valdés, the event hosts the Theoretical Colloquium each year, where lectures and lectures are given. The Jazz Plaza International Festival is one of the most important music events in Cuba and since its creation in 1980 several of the most outstanding exponents of the genre have been presented on stage, from the American trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie to the French composer Michel Legrand.