Harvard in Cuba

You’ve got to hand it to Harvard. They’ve got money and in this case they knew how to spend it.

This short video is an excellent musical and visual survey of some of the best that the western part of Cuba has to offer music lovers.

Cuban saxophonist, percussionist and composer Yosvany Terry directs the jazz bands at Harvard where … Read more

A Night in Havana Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba

In 1985, on his second trip to Havana, Dizzy Gillespie was accompanied by a documentary film crew.

The resulting film “A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba” captures Dizzy’s spirit like few other films.

The film includes beautifully shot concert footage of his performance at Havana’s Fifth International Jazz Festival, his adventures touring Havana and his reflections on Afro-Cuban … Read more

David and Gilberto in Havana

“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.” – Chinese proverb

Reunited in Havana with the help of Jazz on the Tube,
Cuban drummer and singer Gilberto Valdés (89) and
US composer and instrumentalist David Amram (87)
work through the rhythms of a score together over lunch.

Jazz is an art of innovation, but … Read more

Visiting with Camilo in Havana

As many Jazz on the Tube subscribers know, Jazz on the Tube is taking an active role in providing support to the jazz community in Cuba.

One form this takes is providing Havana-based jazz educator Camilo Moreira with scores, videos, and other educational materials.

Last summer, we brought Camilo to New York City which included a day touring music and Read more

More with David Amram


David Amram, Pete Seeger and Dizzy Gillespie

Interview


Download the mp3 here

“Decían que yo no venía y aquí usted me ve” (They said I wasn’t coming and here you see me!)
– Benny More

In 1977, David Amram visited Cuba for his first and only time with Dizzy Gillepsie, Stan Getz, and Earl “Fatha” Hines.

Now 40+ … Read more

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