Havana International Jazz Festival
Listed under Music Festivals in Havana, Cuba.
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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