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
Jazz on the Tube
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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…
“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.
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