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A ‘People To People’ Cultural Music Exchange
The 31th Annual Havana International Jazz Festival
HAVANA JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Havana International Jazz Festival first took place in 1979. During recent years, the Havana International Jazz
Festival has grown to include major concert venues fans flock to major concerts at the Mella and National theaters, and also includes tons of more intimate venues in Havana’s clubs and hotels where solo performers will entertain.
JAZZ IN CUBA
Jazz in Cuba dates back further than most people realize. Slavery was abolished on the island in 1886 and many freedblack Cubans immigrated to New Orleans, whilst the American intervention of 1898 in the Cuban independence warsheralded the start of a prolonged US presence in Cuba. Conditions were thus perfect for mutual musical exchange. The musicians that had moved to New Orleans took with them the rhythms and style that were already considered Cuban and incorporated them into the nascent jazz form, as did musicians returning to the States from Cuban holidays. The high point of this musical evolution was the spark which ignited between Cuban drummer Luciano (Chano) Pozo – who was eventually shot in a bar in Harlem – and American jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.Their sound was the first appearance of what later came to be known as “Latin jazz” – and that was just the beginning. Now Cuban musicians are foremost amongst the world’s jazz performers.