What does Chévere (SHEH-ver-ay) mean?

It’s an expression that means everything’s OK. Everything’s fine, awesome, the best
Everything’s cool.


“Remarkably aggressive!”

“Chevere represents an alluring variation on the
fundamentals of latin jazz…like no other ensemble.”
~ Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune ~
“Chevere has been among the most explosively exciting bands in the Midwest…”
“Don’t worry about finding a seat; even if you do, Chevere won’t let you sit still anyway.”
~ Neil Tesser, Chicago Reader ~
“Words fail one when attempting to describe the amazing phenomenon that is a Chévere concert.
Like the return of a comet, the gathering together of the incredibly talented musicians that
form Chévere de Chicago is a rare and highly anticipated event.”

~ Brad Walseth, jazzchicago.net ~
“For my money, one of the best bands in Chicago music history.”
~ John Rice, Chicago based musician ~

 

Who is Chévere de Chicago?

Chévere de Chicago is one of Chicago’s hottest bands. Featuring the finest caliber musicians, Chévere has been a stunning act for years. As Chicago’s leading Latin/Jazz/Funk/Blues Band, Chévere mix Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Jazz, Blues, and just about everything else together into an exciting and unique collage of sound. Characterized by high voltage percussion and compelling original compositions, Chévere has performed in and around Chicago and the Midwest for more than 30 years.
The band has played many large outdoor festivals, including numerous appearances at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Summerfest, etc. The core of the band has stayed together for over 30 years, giving the band an almost telepathic ability to interact spontaneously onstage. The band has an impressive array of virtuosic melodic soloists, and the percussion section, deeply rooted in traditional folklore and religious music from Cuba, the Caribbean, and Brazil, is heavily featured in almost every tune.
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