Coming Soon to Cuba: International Jazz Day

April 17, 2017 |

By Maya Quiroga

International Jazz Day 2017 events in Cuba during the last week in April.

HAVANA TIMES – The celebration of International Jazz Day 2017 takes place this year in Cuba with a program that will run from April 24 to 30 and bring together in Havana great musicians from around the globe.

From the USA alone, twenty jazz figures are expected for the event including Herbie Hancock, Unesco Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue.

The celebration is under the auspices of Unesco, The Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute in Los Angeles, California, and the Cuban Music Institute (ICM).

For the closing day, on April 30, a great concert is planned at the Havana Grand Theater sponsored by the Cuban Ministry of Culture, the ICM and the Cuban National Commission of Unesco. In charge of the artistic program are pianists and composers Herbie Hancock, from the United States, and Cuban maestro Chucho Valdes.

During the week-long event, members of Unesco and the Thelonious Monk Institute will visit ten Cuban art schools. The visits will include classes, improvisation workshops and live performances, which will also have as venues, community centers, clubs and parks.

Cuban jazz artist Bobby Carcasses told the press that during the event the musicians from the  different countries will collectively perform an arrangement of John Lennon’s work Imagine.

International Jazz Day took place last years in Washington D.C.

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  • Moses Patterson

    This sounds like an incredible 3 day festival. I have attended 3 previous jazz festivals in Havana and every one of them was fantastic. Jazz truly is an international language. Side note: a good friend of mine has spent the best part of the last year since the previous jazz festival trying to collect musical instruments and parts for the repair of instruments as donations to take with him to Cuba for this year’s festival. Despite the drama he faces every year getting the donated instruments through Cuban Customs, his program has been an overall success. I will include a link to his website/gofundme page after this year’s festival. (He changes it every year)