Havana: March 2017 – Taking it to the streets

Not all the music in Cuba is in formal venues.

A few blocks from where I was staying I came across this band.

They got together to accompany an outdoor basketball tournament taking place in in public park.

In the last video the guys identify themselves and the name of the band.

A Saturday morning surprise on Calle 23 in Read more

Havana: March 2017 – Fiesta del Tambor

If you’re looking for a great time to visit Havana, keep your eyes open for the Fiesta del Tambor which takes place every March.

This festival literally offers more music at more locations than any mere mortal could possibly absorb.

I focused on three of the five venues, all of which are relatively close to each other: The Riviera Hotel … Read more

Havana: March 2017 – Cuban women in jazz

By marvelous coincidence, Fiesta del Tambor coincided with Cuban Women in Jazz Week.

El Zorra y La Cuarva, Havana’s pre-eminent jazz club, featured a different woman-led band every night during the week of March 6.

The truth is this scheduling only required a little rearranging of Zorra’s schedule since all of these bands already play there regularly when they’re in … Read more

Havana: March 2017 – Jazz is alive and thriving in Havana

We went down to Havana in March to see the Fiesta del Tambor (The Drum Festival.)

We figured a drum festival in Havana had to be amazing, but nothing prepared us for the superabundance of talent and the sheer amount of music offered.

Since Jazz on the Tube is a jazz web site, we’re going to start with the jazz … Read more

Camilo Moreira – Jazz educator in Havana

Camilo Moreira our heroic educator in Havana

Jazz has been in Cuba for almost as long as jazz has existed. In fact, Cuban music was one of the contributors to the formation of jazz in its earliest years. (See Jelly Roll Morton’s comment on the essential role of the “Spanish tinge” in achieving the jazz feel.)

In spite of this … Read more

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