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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, changüí, son, son montuno, rumba, mambo, cha-cha-cha, timba, and wide variety of Afro-Cuban spiritual musical forms, Cuba has been as important to the music of the world as the United States has been with its blues, jazz, rock and rock, and gospel music.

But getting information about the Cuban jazz scene is not easy…

It’s scarcely covered by major jazz magazines. Even getting a list of jazz venues in Havana isn’t easy.

Ken’s Cuba List is filling the gap with videos and articles that will help you put Cuba’s music in perspective and educate yourself about its riches past and present.

We’re also sharing practical information including travel tips and a weekly listing of what’s going on in the clubs in Havana (the only source of this particular info on the Internet.)

– Ken McCarthy
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Jazz ala Cuba (1933)

Cuban music show biz style from 1933.

A Paramount short filmed featuring Don Aspiazu and his Orchestra.

– Ken McCarthy
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All the Things You are – from Havana

We’ve been assisting our friend and colleague Camilo Moreira who teaches jazz to the high school students of the Cuban National School of Music (ENA) in Havana.

Here’s their latest project…

Camilo’s notes:

“The saxophone section from the Cuban National School of Music jazz band (ENA) performing an arrangement from All the things you are.

The music was recorded by means voice recorder app from each student cellphone. The teacher Camilo Moreira rehears with each student via WhatsApp due to the lock down caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. ”

The lockdowns have been particularly severe in Cuba with curfews starting as early as 1 PM in some places.

ENA, which is a boarding school for Cuba’s most talented high school students from all over the island, sent all its students home in 2020.

Camilo’s virtual performance project is one of the only organized musical activities they have right now.

This is one of the many projects your contributions go to when you are a paid Jazz on the Tube subscriber. More info here

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

P.S. You can learn more about Camilo Moreira here

Ivor Miller – YouTube Channel

Dr. Ivor Miller is a cultural historian specializing in the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and the Americas. He has conducted research in Cuba since 1991 and in Nigeria and Cameroon since 2004.

He was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History & International Studies, University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria from 2009-2019.

He has been a Research Fellow at the African Studies Center, Boston University, since 2006.

Select videos from the video archive of Ivor Miller

Books by Ivor Miller

The Sacred Language of the Abakua
More info

Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba
More info

Calabar on the Cross River
More info

Aerosol Kingdom: Subway Painters of New York City
More info

– Ken McCarthy

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Changui and the music of Oriente

We found this excellent presentation on the history of Changui, the music of Oriente, and the mystery of East and West in Cuba.

It’s by Ben Lapidus and includes many musical examples.

The audio is a little low so crank it up a little.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Cinco Changuiseros: El Changui de Guantanamo, Cuba

Recommended to us by the esteemed Changuisero and scholar Ben Lapidus.

– Ken McCarthy
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