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Havana Jazz Plaza Begins Tonight, 12/11/02 Prensa Latina

Havana to host 20th jazz festival, 11/27/02, Toronto Globe & Mail


Common Ground and the AfroCuban Cultural Council: Jazz Fest 2002

Mambo Fanatics go to the Jazz Festival
, 9/24/02

Laroye Travel, Miami: Jazz Fest Package

PlazaCuba's Jazz Festival Program

Latin Jazz Festival
December 6-19, 2002


Coverage of the 2000 Jazz Festival

Coverage of the 1998 Jazz Festival

18th Festival: 1998

Report on '97 Festival

Report on '96 Festival

Havana 20th International Jazz Festival
"Jazz Festival Plaza"
12/13/02 - 12/17/02 

Attracts many folks from around the world, including thousands of Americans. Master classes and workshops are available. Performances at the Casa de la Cultura and at the bar "Elegant" in the Riviera Hotel.

Organizers: the Instituto de la Musica and Chucho Valdez.
Contact the organizers:
Sr. Jesús "Chucho" Valdés
Telf. (537)311234, Fax: (537)333716 y 662286

This festival is organized every other year by the internationally renowned Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdes. The Festival will offer the opportunity to hear many Cuban and foreign jazz musicians at several locations in Havana, such as the Plaza Casa de la Cultura, the Amadeo Roldan theatre (where the Cuban Symphony Orchestra performs), the Hotel Riviera, and others.

Musicians who performed in the 2000 Havana International Jazz Festival include the New Orleans-based band Cubanola, led by Terence Blanchard with the participation of Nicholas Payton, the Ronnie Mathews Trio, the Kenny Barron Trio, and Dave Valentin, among other artists from the United States.


The Cuban side is usually represented by favorites such as Irakere, Chucho Valdes and Los Van Van. Late night jams are a nightly occurrence and have provided interesting match-ups such as Roy Hargrove sitting in with percussion legend Changuito and others. The tentative talent line up for 2002 as of 6/02 includes:

Dave Brubeck
Bobby Carcacé
Charlie Haden
Robin Jones
Ivan Lins
Hernán López Nussa
Joe Lovano
Ed Motta
John Reid Quartet
Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Chucho Valdes
Steve Waterman

As of 11/02, this included: Chucho Valdés, Bamboleo, Quartet Aché, Taj Mahal, Danilo Pérez, Alain Pérez Quartet, Roy Hargrove Sextet, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Maraca and Otra Visión, Yoruba Andabo, Ivan Lins, Joe Lovano Quartet, Leo Brouwer, Issac Delgado, y NG La Banda.

Havana Jazz Plaza Begins Tonight, 12/11/02

Havana, Dec 11 (PL) The 20th Havana Jazz Plaza Festival will be inaugurated
Wednesday evening in the Amadeo Roldan Theater with recitals by Taj Mahal,
the famous interpreter of US blues, and the Cuban star Chucho Valdés.

The opening concert will reunite interpreters of such different jazz styles
as pianist Chucho Valdes (winner of four Grammies), US soloists Joe Locke
and Kenny Barron and the Savoy Ellington Quartet, among others.

The Savoy Ellingtons is a band formed by the children of the legendary jazz
maestro Duke Ellington.

The Island's largest jazz festival, which date was advanced this year so
that attendees at the Havana Film Festival could enjoy it, is expected to be
the best ever because of the quality and quantity of participants, Chucho
Valdes remarked recently. Chucho is directing and organizing the event.

There will be extensive programs in Havana theaters and clubs, including the
Hotel Nacional where there will be a "jam session" by more than 70 guests,
both groups and soloists from Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, Finland,
Germany, Japan, Spain and the US, not to forget the Cubans.

The DD Jackson Trio from Canada is here as is US Roy Hargrove, a regular at
the Havana jazz fest and considered another "monster" of world jazz.

Some, absent from the national scene for some time, like Cuban musician
Gonzalo Rubalcava, who won a Latin Grammy this year, are returning to the
meeting that will play on until next Sunday.

Young, talented Cuban pianists Carlos Maza -with laurels from France and
other European festivals- and Roberto Fonseca will take the stage along with
experimental interpreters like Bobby Carcassés, Ernán López Nussa and J.M.

Among the collateral activities this year is the launching of the book
"Cuban Jam: Jazz in Cuba 1950-2000", by musicologist Leonardo Acosta, the
most reliable documentation in the history of Cuban music, according to
those who know.

Jam sessions, conferences and homage are part of the reason the major jazz
exponents in the world congregate in Havana for this feast and are
protagonists of the best-ever music.

Havana to host 20th jazz festival, 11/27/02

Wednesday, November 27, 2002 – Toronto Globe & Mail

Cuba's internationally renowned jazz musician Chucho Valdés will be headlining this year's 20th Havana Jazz Festival. Featuring a lively and informal atmosphere, the festival will consist of a series of concerts, workshops and jam sessions -- many of which are guaranteed to run into the wee hours.

The long list of confirmed artists include Taj Mahal, Charlie Haden, Savoy Ellington, Arturo O'Farill Trio and Jane Bunnett. Opening ceremonies will take place on Dec. 11 at the Teatro Amadeo Roldan, the home of Cuba's National Symphonic Orchestra. The festival wraps up on Dec. 15.

For more information, call (416) 923-5742.


Announcement from the Buro de Convenciones

Festival Internacional Jazz/Plaza 12/13/02 - 12/17/02  Teatro Ciudad de La Habana Sr. Jesús "Chucho" Valdés, Telf.(537)321234, Fax:(537)333716 y 662286 

Package tour for Jazz Festival 2002

See Laroye Travel

Mambo Fanatics go to the Jazz Festival, 9/24/02




December 14th to December 21st. 2002

*** Included in this trip***

Direct Non-stop flight: JFK to Havana

Stay at the host hotel of the International Jazz Festival held every two years in Havana (Festival dates 12/12-12/19)

Bus travel to Varadero

Double Occupancy in Hotels

Three nights in Vedado

Three nights in Varadero (all inclusive)

One night in Habana Vieja

Daily Breakfast

Music/dance workshops in Havana

Lecture on Afro-Cuban Music by renowned musicologist

Dr. Olavo Alen Rodriquez founder Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo de la Musica Cubana

US Departure tax, Visa, transfers


A deposit of $300 or full payment is needed immediately to secure travel on the Charter and to reserve hotels. Please respond immediately as communication to Cuba takes time. Payable: Sugar Hill Communications, P.O. Box 466 New York, NY 10035. You will be sent all the forms and information necessary to travel.

For further information on this trip call Yvonne at (212) 662-6408.

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