This year’s headquarters for International Jazz Day is Havana.

With extensive detective work, we managed to find the program.

You can download the English language version here

Lots of interesting stuff, but the thing that jumped out at me more than anything else is this:

On 11 AM on Thursday and Friday (April 27 & 28 respectively) there will be a screening of two different films about jazz “Vivir en Jazz” and something called “The History of Jazz” on Cuba’s educational channel.

The films will be viewed in “11,000 centers of learning throughout the country” and will be followed by discussion.

This is easily the biggest injection of “jazz consciousness” into Cuban public awareness in over 55 years!

On the other side of the Gulf of Mexico, the biggest gathering of Cuban musicians in the US in over 55 years is taking place at this year’s New Orleans Jazz Fest.

Sadly, other than Jazz on the Tube’s noting of these things, none of the jazz press has paid any attention at all to these momentous occasions.

– Ken McCarthy
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