The new Cuba travel policy

Good news and bad news about the new travel policy for Cuba. (As of November 10, 2017)

I’m going to quote the Washington Post on the changes. As is often the case, you have to read the fine print to know what the real deal is.

Make sure you read the second paragraph carefully.

The most significant change under the

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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 – 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

Havana: March 2017 – Gilberto Valdés Zequeira

Gilberto Valdés is eight-eight years old this year. We had the wonderful opportunity to meet him and spend some time talking jazz.

Jazz drummer, singer, band leader, producer and educator. Gilberto’s life tells the story of post-war jazz in the United States and Cuba and bridges Cuba’s pre and post-Revolution jazz history.

Havana-born, as a five year old he was … Read more

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