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Cuba is not just another country with music.

It’s nothing less than the Mother Ship of Afro-Latin music.

With its habanera, danzon, son, rumba, cha-cha-cha, timba and mambo forms, Cuba has been as important to world music as the United States has been with its blues, jazz and rock and roll.

But getting information about the Cuban jazz scene is … Read more

Henry Holloway calls Jazz on the Tube’s free Cuban music course “an enormous musical lesson for me”

Henry Holloway, veteran jazz radio broadcaster and host of “Swing, Sing and All That Jazz” which we make available to you each week through the magic of the Internet.

Henry was the first non-American to win the Golden Bandstand Award and is one of the very few non-musicians to do so. Other winners have included: Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count … Read more

Cuban master Bebo Valdés and friends

In this case, the friends are Brazilian.

This is a clip from the film “El Milagro de Candeal” (The Miracle of Candeal), part documentary, part cinematic parable by Spanish director Fernando Trueba, the maker of “Calle 54.”

The film is about how music and social action transformed a notorious slum in the Brazilian in Bahia (a state on the northeastern … Read more

Young cats from Cuba make good in New York

Every year, Jazz at Lincoln Center hosts the equivalent of “Woodstock” for high school jazz bands.

It’s called Essentially Ellington and in a word it’s GREAT.

The bad news is you can’t get tickets. It’s for the bands only.

The good news is Jazz at Lincoln Center video streams the entire three day program live and later post videos to … Read more

Jazz in Cuba Calendar

From May 1, 2016 to May 7, 2017, we provided a free weekly calendar of jazz happenings in Havana.

If you would like to sponsor the continuation of this section of the web site, please be in touch with ken at jazzonthetube dot com.

Archive of past Jazz in Cuba Calendar listings

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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