Cuba to host 32nd annual Jazz Plaza International Festival in December

Posted: 03-Nov-16 09:47

Cuba will host the 32nd edition of Jazz Plaza International Festival in December, 2016. The event is one of the biggest in Latin America, and for the first time it will take place in Santiago de Cuba. There will be performing musicians from 10 countries, and the four-day festival will include jam sessions, academic meetings, concerts and exhibits celebrating jazz music.

Cuba to host 32nd annual Jazz Plaza International Festival in December

In December, 2016, one of the biggest events in Latin America will be taking place in Cuba. The Caribbean island nation will be hosting the 32nd edition of the Jazz Plaza International Festival, with the help of the cultural agency Paradiso and Artex S.A.’s Cultural Tourism agency.

Taking place from 15th to 18th December, 2016, the annual event will include performing musicians from ten countries. These include Jamaican reggae band Third World, Sweden’s Stefan Jonson, Colombia’s Michel y su grupo de Latin Jaz, Doug Martin from Canada, Argentina’s Supernova Jazz Trio, Austria’s Michaela Rabitsch Cuarteto, and Dion Parson and 21st Century Band from the Virgin Islands.

The festival will be hosted by Santiago de Cuba for the first time, and the organisers of the event say that the eastern province in Cuba features a great jazz movement. Havana will also host music events, and both cities will have honourable presidents: Chucho Valdes in Havana and Roberto Fonseca in Santiago de Cuba.

During the four-day event, there will be academic meetings, jam sessions with musicians, exhibits, and concerts at various venues across the two cities including Amadeo Roldan, Nacional and Mella Theatres. Attending this year’s Jazz Plaza, will be Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective from the United States, who will be performing with Cuban Chucho Valdes; The Snarky Puppy and Christian McBride Trio; and African Fatoumata Diawara, who will perform with Roberto Fonseca from Cuba.

Jazz music is hugely popular in Cuba, particularly in the capital Havana, and it can be enjoyed in numerous bars, hotels, and jazz clubs across the city. Originally featuring influences from Africa and Spain, the music heard in Cuba now has French, Chinese, Mexican and Argentinian elements to it.

Havana is bursting with culture and history, and holidaymakers can visit the sea-facing Malecon, which runs along the main streets; the Catedral de San Cristobal; and the Old Town, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site with restored buildings. Situated 540 miles south-east of Havana is Santiago de Cuba, a popular city for cruise passengers can culture lovers. Every July, the seaport city hosts a carnival that features traditional dances and some of Cuba’s most renowned musicians and composers such as Benito Antonio Fernandez Ortiz and Eliades Ochoa


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