Stage set for 31st Havana International Jazz Festival

Posted: 24-Oct-15 12:07

Havana International Jazz Festival is the best opportunity in the whole year to see the best of Cuban jazz. The 31st edition of the Havana International Jazz Festival promises to be a real treat for jazz and music lovers in general. Renowned artists from dozens of countries have been invited to perform in this popular musical showpiece.

Stage set for 31st Havana International Jazz Festival

The history of Cuban jazz in recent. 37 years ago a wonderful showpiece of Cuban culture was born at the Casa de la Cultura de Plaza in Havana's Vedado district.

Renowned singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Bobby Carcasses and a few other top Cuba jazz artists came together in this intimate venue to do what they did best. Little did they know they had started what would become one of the highlights in the Cuban calendar, the Havana International Jazz Festival. The following year celebrated pianist Chucho Valdes joined the bill and in subsequent years this event attracted such jazz power houses as Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Hargrove.

The festival continually attracts top talent on the jazz scene year after year and has spread from the Casa de la Cultura de Plaza hall to all major concert halls in downtown Havana and random gigs on the historic Malecon.

2015's Havana International Jazz Festival is billed as an epic event with a mind-blowing route that includes Cuban jazz pioneers Carcasses and Chucho Valdes. They will be performing alongside an array of renowned musicians of all genres from around the world including Jessy J, Sandy Shore, Roberto Fonseca, Michael Lington, Iba Ibo Yoruba Specimen, Los Brujos and Jorge Reyes.

Cuba will be well represented with acts like 32 year-old piano maestro Harold Lopez-Nussa. All in all there are over 35 international bands from 18 different countries have been invited to participate in the event. There will be representation from the US, Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Norway, France, Cape Verde and many other countries around the globe.

The 2015 Havana International Jazz Festival will be the 31st edition of this vibrant celebration of music and it is scheduled to take place from December 15th to 21st. It will begin not too long after the JoJazz This youth jazz competition which will be held between 25th and 23rd November.

Havana really is a hotspot for the jazz culture though it is not the predominant style of music in Cuba. It is a fact that many attendees at the Plaza Cultural Center listen to the jazz while waiting for the orchestra to play. However, attitudes are slowly changing and Cubans are appreciating the richness of their jazz heritage year by year.


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