Cuban Trombonist Eduardo Sandoval’s New Album

February 3, 2016 | No Comments »

Young Eduardo Sandoval considers himself the heir of Cuban trombonist Juan Pablo Torres, who passed away in 2005 at 58. When Eduardo speaks of the late musician, his eyes light up in a very special way. The work of Torres was actually one of the sources of inspiration for Eduardo’s first album, titled Caminos abiertos (“Open Roads”).

Interview with Cuban Pianist Liana Fernandez

January 29, 2016 | No Comments »

Renowned Cuban pianist Liana Fernandez – part of a family of great musicians – presented her first album at the 2015 Cubadisco event, under the category of concert soloist. She talks with Havana Times about her career.

The Jazz Dream in Santiago de Cuba

January 22, 2016 | 2 comments

There’s a part of the heart somewhere that gets sad if you don’t dress it up, if you don’t make it pretty, says Orlando Fuentes, drummer and director of Influencia, Santiago de Cuba’s most successful jazz band.

December Jazz and Rain

December 26, 2015 | No Comments »

December always presents a varied cultural programming in Havana; between the Film Festival, Jazz Plaza, the new gallery exhibitions and celebrations for the end of the year, art lovers do not have time to rest. (12 photos)

Sounds from Havana Jazz Plaza 2015

December 21, 2015 | 1 Comment »

From December 17-20, Havana hosted the 31st International Jazz Plaza Festival. This year the event was dedicated to the types of music that over time have been influenced by jazz. Here are some videos I took.

Mudejar Music in Old Havana

December 18, 2015 | No Comments »

Recently while walking down dirty streets bombarded by the reggaeton music in vogue, I could not have imagined that, at the corner of the Alameda de Paula, I would be finding an enclave of peace and quiet. (10 photos)

The Art of Being a Woman

December 15, 2015 | No Comments »

I first saw her at Havana’s Café Amor, or the Karabali, as many of us continue to call this nightclub. Others may be more theatrical, cleverer or have a more refined sense of humor, “but Chantal is the most beautiful of all,” my friend Alexandros had told me…and he was right. (20 photos)

Young Cuban Jazz Musicians Show Their Stuff

November 21, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The eighteenth edition of JoJazz International Festival dedicated to young talents began in Havana on November 19th and continues through Sunday the 22nd. (9 photos)

Jazz…and More at Havana Festival

November 10, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Everything is ready for the 31st International Jazz Plaza Festival, to be held from December 17 to 20, dedicated to the music genres that have an impact on jazz music. The festival will lay special emphasis on the music traditions of African, Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Manolito Simonet and the “Made in Cuba” Project

November 9, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Manolito Simonet y su trabuco, a much-acclaimed Cuban salsa band created in 1993, will be performing in several Latin American countries as preamble to a major tour of the United States and Europe and the launching of Hecho en Cuba (“Made in Cuba”), a music project recently begun in collaboration with Argentine-English musician, composer and producer Dominic Miller.