Havana Jazz Festival

Havana Jazz Festival

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The ultimate jazz experience

The 35th Havana Jazz Festival will be held from January XX to January XX, 2021. The official schedule hasn’t been released yet but judging by past years it’s going to be a unique event full of surprises and terrific music. For this occasion; Cuba 360 has organized a special tour for all those keen to join and enjoy a week in a city full of magic. Also, for those who wish to go a bit further and explore outside of Havana, we have prepared an alternative itinerary that includes perfectly preserved colonial Trinidad and French founded Cienfuegos. Here travelers will get a real taste of Cuba in the days before the start of Havana Jazz Festival.

One of the many perks of choosing us for organizing your tour is that we include a VIP pass for all the events and venues of the Havana Jazz Festival. Your guide will give you an updated schedule every day so you can decide which venues and what musicians to follow.

Besides the music in the evening, we offer escorted day trips and activities around Havana. Daytime activities will give you a unique perspective of Cuban culture enriching your Havana Jazz Festival experience.

Our tours offer an intimate environment and a private tour gives you extra flexibility to create a custom itinerary. Going in a group means that you’ll with other like-minded people and make new friends and connections.

We have our own way of doing things and we firmly believe our tours are a unique opportunity to get to the heart of Cuba and learn about its people, music, cuisine, history, etc. To that end our accommodations are in private homes rather than hotels. Hotels are the same everywhere and there is nothing authentic about the ones in Cuba. In the other hand, if you stay in a home, you’ll be able to interact with locals and other travelers.

Our official small group tours for the festival:

Visiting: Havana + Viñales

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights

Price: starting at $1700/ per person

Visiting: Havana + Viñales + Bay of Pigs + Cienfuegos + Trinidad + Santa Clara

Duration: 10 days, 9 nights

Price: starting at $2000/ per person

Havana Jazz Festival: A bit of History.

The Havana Jazz Festival (Cuba Jazz Festival or Jazz Plaza) began in 1978 when Bobby Carcasses, and other well-known Cuban Jazz musicians, presented the first Jazz concert at the Casa de la Cultura de Plaza in downtown Havana. The Casa de la Cultura de Plaza hall with its pleasant intimate outdoor terrace is still a venue where concerts and jam sessions take place during the Havana Jazz Festival. Based on the 1978 success, another Jazz festival was organized in 1979 featuring pianist Chucho Valdes and since then renowned artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Charlie Haden, Roy Hargrove, Jack DeJohnette and Danilo Perez became part of the Havana Jazz scene on a regular basis.

In 1996 Chucho Valdes became artistic director of the Havana International Jazz Plaza Festival and president of the Organizing Committee with Alexis Vazquez Aguilera as the vice president. The festival has since expanded to include all the main concert halls in downtown Havana not to mention impromptu street jam sessions along the Malecon.

 

The 35th Annual Havana Jazz Festival was held January 14th to 19th, 2020.

Among the scheduled performing artists were Bobby Carcasses, The Soul Rebels, Trombone Shorty, Big Chief Monk Voudreaux, Cimafunk, Tank and the Bangas, The Cuban Sax Quintet, Cesar Lopez, Alfred Thompson, Bill Evans, David Liebman, Samy Thiebault, Omara Portuondo, Alain Perez, Pedrito Calvo, Yaroldi Abreu, Harold Lopez Nussa, Rodney Barreto, Roberto Fonseca, Alexander Abreu, Haley Grey, The Common Tatters, The Alan Lewine Xtet, Pupi y los que Son Son, Luna Manzanares, Degnis Bofill, The Sidewinders, Jan Prax Quartet, Denise Perrier amd many other Cuban and foreign Jazz musicians.

 

The 34th Annual Havana Jazz Festival was held January 18 to 20, 2019.

Among the scheduled performing artists were Chucho Valdes, Arthur O’Farrill, Joe Lavano, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ted Nash, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jessy J, Bobby Carcasses, Sandy Shore, Roberto Fonseca, Michael Lington, Harold Lopez-Nussa, Jorge Reyes, Los Brujos, Iba Ibo Yoruba Specimen, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, Wayne Wallace, Big Energy Ensemble, Anton Doyle, Doug Martin, CABOCUBAJAZZ, Gryssel Ramirez, Justo Almario, Yasek Manzano and the Cords Quartet, NaatBerahman, Michel Herrera, Ernan Lopez-Nussa, Klimax, Orlando Sanchez, Bellita y Jazztumbata, Emilio Morales, William Roblejo, Alfred Thompson, Habana d’ Primera, Mezcla, Jesus Fuentes y Santo Tomas Conection, Oscar Valdes y Diakara, Ruy Lopez-Nussa, Cesar Lopez y Habana Ensemble, Rolando Luna, Javier Salva, Aire de Concierto, Emir Santa Cruz, Jorge Luis Pacheco, Sexto Sentido, Alejandro Falcon y Cubadentro, Ernesto Camilo Vega, Ta Bueno Jazz, Gala Mayor, Habana Sax and many other local Cuban Jazz musicians.

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