HAVANA, Jan. 5th For six days and six nights, Havana will vibrate to the rhythm of the 2019 International Jazz Festival. A resolutely Latin jazz. On the Malecon, this vast waterfront whipped by the salty air, on the terraces of restaurants, in theaters and theaters, you will be solicited by Afro-Cuban jazz rhythms, with tunes of rumba and even salsa.
The well-known jazzman Chucho Valdez is once again the conductor of this great musical happening, which is supported by the Cuban Institute of Music. The official shows take place in comfortable halls, such as the Amadeo Roldan Theater (where the Cuban Symphony Orchestra performs), the Plaza Cultural House, the La Zorra y el Cuervo Jazz Bar and the Rumba House. the National Theater of Cuba, the Karl Marx Theater, and the Sevilla and Cohiba Hotels
But the Mella Theater, on Linea Avenue (# 657, between A and B), in the Vedado district, is the headquarters. It is here, among others, that you can get a passport for the different shows.
In the past, many renowned musicians from several Latin American and European countries have participated in this festival, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Max Roach, Carmen Mcrae, Charlie Haden, Michel Legrand and dozens more, not to mention Cuban musicians Roberto Fonseca, Alfonso X, Omara Portuondo and the legendary Buena Vista Social Club.
This year, some fifty foreign musicians will perform. All musicians agree that Cuba is the perfect place to hold such a festival, because of its past history, its climate, the popular fervor, the special relationship of its people with everything which touches directly or indirectly to the music, and the support of the governmental cultural organizations.
The festival is also an opportunity for meetings and exchanges between artists and music professionals. The latest recordings and audiovisual productions are offered and we take the opportunity to update. There was a time when Alain Simard and André Ménard, of the late Spectrum, came to revitalize and prepare their next Jazz Festival.