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November 14, 2005

Canadian Jazz Artists to Appear at the Havana Jazz Festival

Written by
cindy mcleod

The 22nd annual Havana Jazz Festival promises to be a banner year of the best of international and Cuban jazz music. The festival runs from December 1st – 4th, with four full days of concerts, workshops and jam sessions. Five of Canada’s finest jazz groups will headline during the popular event.

The Havana International Jazz Plaza Festival was born in 1978 when some well-know Cuban jazz musicians such as Bobby Carcasses presented a jazz concert in the Casa de la Cultura de Plaza in downtown Havana. This is the origin of the title International Jazz Festival Plaza, because it finds its birth in this open-air venue. The Casa de la Cultura de Plaza hall and pleasant intimate terrace, is still one of the places where concerts and jam sessions take place. Based on this success, another jazz fest was organized the following year, incorporating Chucho Valdes. Renowned artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Charlie Haden, Roy Hargrove, Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Perez became part of the Havana scene on a regular basis. In 1996, Chucho Valdes became President of the Organizing Committee and artistic director. The Jazz Fest has since expanded even further to include all the main concert halls in down town Havana, not to mention impromptu street jam sessions along the Malecon.

Featured Canadian artists are the west coast’s Hugh Fraser Quintet, Los Primos Project, Havana Fax, Gypsophilia, Scot and the Rocks, and Chris Mitchell hailing from the east coast, and Torontonian Nick ‘Brownman’ Ali and Cruzao will all represent our fair country during this exciting festival. We couldn’t be more proud!

There are numerous tour packages available from Canada, and more information about venues, hotels, prices, and other details can be found at www.culturecuba.com

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