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Havana International Jazz Festival

Listed under Music Festivals in Havana, Cuba.

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Havana comes with a backing track of groovy beats and tantalising rhythms, so the even if you don't visit during the jazz festival you're still pretty much guaranteed to hear some fantastic music. But if you can make it for the festival that music is cranked up a notch or five and floods the already musical streets, cafes and outdoor spaces with music from the concert halls down town to the Malecon. Havana has it's own jazz sound: it starts with a base of African and Spanish rhythms and is then seasoned with style by American, French, Italian and Mexican influences, and it's the locals who've pushed the festival forward over the years, with a little help from Ronnie Scott and Dizzy Gillespie, and friends – many who have also played the festival at one time or another.

Written by  Ame P. Oliver.

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We want to visit Cuba in October, is the rain fallfor that period (highest) going ot make it a washed out trip or is it short sharp bursts of rain? thanks

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Rainfall typically lasts for a few days followed by bright sunshine that dries everything out again, but bear in mind that September and October are the worst months for hurricanes.

when is the jazz fetival in Havana

Jazz Festival in havana

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In 2010 it's being held between the 16th and 19th of December, but it's usually held in February.

When is the jazz festival in Havana?

We are thinking of going to Cuba next week.. would really love to see some cigar-making. Any feedback on what to do at this time of year there and how the weather may be would be appreciated.

Thanks, Lainey

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Have a look at our World Weather Map for an idea of the average temperature and rainfall throughout the year.

People tend to go to Cuba over Christmas or in Feb., so January isn't that busy. Which places are you thinking of going? Havana is the obvious one but Santiago de Cuba is supposed to be an up and coming destination for 2010:

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