Havana International Jazz Festival

Havana International Jazz Festival December 2012


30th edition of the Havana Jazz Plaza.

14th to 22nd December 2014.

During this globally renowned celebration of Latin music you will be rubbing shoulders with jazz greats from scores of nations.

Jazz Plaza 2014, the 30th International Jazz Festival of Havana, which is sponsored by famed Cuban jazz artist Chucho Valdes and ICM, or the Cuban Institute of Music, will be held in numerous locations throughout the Cuban capital from December 14th to 22nd December, 2014.

The International Jazz Festival of Havana is certainly among the island’s biggest gatherings, bringing in acts from all across the globe. More than 20 international bands, including Michael Fleiner’s Latin Jazz Septet and the Chico O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra have joined some of Cuba’s most famous artists in previous festivals, which have been a rousing success. Festival venues include Mella Theatre, Sevilla Hotel, Karl Marx Theatre, and the National Theatre of Cuba, presenting visitors with the unique opportunity to experience some of the finest jazz musicians in some of Cuba’s most historic and impressive buildings.

For many festival attendees, the anticipation of the event’s famous impromptu jazz sessions is among the biggest draws of the festival. It is incredibly common for artists to join together to create spontaneous music, and the opportunity to experience the coming together of international musicians in such a way is an incredibly rare and delightful opportunity. The International Jazz Festival of Havana brings in artists from the United States, the UK, Argentina, Chile, and more, and represents not only the spirit of Cuban music, but the sense of camaraderie shared by those with a deep appreciation for jazz.

The International Jazz Festival of Havana has played host to some of the biggest names in jazz over the years, and 2013 will be no different. Past festival guests have included Dizzy Gillespie, Luis Monge, Max Roach, Cubanola, and many more of the most famed artists of the genre. The festival has also seen performances from renowned Cuban Jazz Musicians such as Chucho Valdes, José Luis Cortés, Bobby Carcassés, Mayra Caridad Valdés, and more.