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Posted May 09, 2012 by publisher in Cuban Music

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We would like to welcome our newest advertiser, Authentic Cuba Travel of Toronto Canada.

Music has been a part of Cuban culture for many years and most would agree that jazz has its roots in Havana. Therefore, Havana is the perfect city for an international jazz festival.

The Story of the Havana International Jazz Festival

The event was born in 1978 when Bobby Carcasses, and other Cuban Jazz musicians, presented the first Jazz concert at the Casa de la Cultura in Havana city. It was such a success that the second festival was planned featuring world famous pianist Chucho Valdes. Many years later he became Director and President of the Organizing Committee.

The 28th Havana International Jazz Festival is sponsored by the Cuban Institute of Music (ICM) and runs from December 20 to 23, 2012.

The main venue for the Festival will be the Karl Marx theater which holds 8,000 people… the largest seating capacity in all of Cuba. Other venues include the Casa del Alba, Amadeo Roldan theater, Mella Theatre, Casa de la Cultura of Plaza, La Zorra y El Cuervo Jazz Club, Palacio de La Rumba, National Theater of Cuba, the Sevilla and Cohiba hotels.

Past performers include international jazz masters such as Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Carmen McCrae, Charlie Haden, Michel Lengrand, Ronnie Scott, Hugh Fraser, Kash Killion, Daniel Martina, Luis Monge and great Jazz bands such as Cubanola, the Ronnie Mathews Trio, the Kenny Barron Trio, Dave Valentin and many more.

Late night jams are a nightly occurrence and have provided interesting match-ups such as Roy Hargrove sitting in with percussion legend Changuito.

If you are interested to experience this event, you should consider booking your tickets now with Authentic Cuba Travel since space is already selling out.

Video from the 2011 Havana Jazz Festival

Authentic Cuba Travel’s Jazz Festival Tour

The tour provider, in association with the Organizing Committee of the Havana Jazz Festival, the Cuban Institute of Music, Turner Music & Events and The Vancouver Jazz Festival is offering a very special Cuban music and culture tour that will give participants full access to all music venues and concerts happening in Havana during the Festival.

The tour runs from December 16 to 24.

Participants will enjoy:

Close company with internationally renowned and Cuban jazz musicians
Unlimited access to all activities of the 2012 Havana Jazz Festival
Premium seats at the opening and closing ceremonies
Jazz music live at Pena de Santa Amalia
a visit to Casa de la Musica of Cienfuegos

Participants will also experience Cuban culture away from the Festival with highlights such as a guided tour of Old Havana, trips to Cienfuegos, Vinales Valley and Trinidad, an Ernest Hemingway experience at Cojimar and Finca Vigia and a guided tour of the Partagas Cigar Factory, founded in 1845.

Americans interested in attending the Havana Jazz Festival can read an extensive FAQ page regarding legal travel to Cuba.

About Authentic Cuba Travel

Even though each year nearly 2 million tourists travel to Cuba, they hardly have the chance to get to know the authentic Cuba that lies beyond the confines of all-inclusive full-packed tourist resorts. Authentic Cuba Travel provides a comprehensive Cuban culture experience for travelers who want the most out of their Cuban adventure. Featuring more than twenty-four fully escorted Cuba tours announced in 2012, ranging from educational and cultural to arts and architecture and festivals and events, Authentic Cuba Travel captures the Cuban identity that defines the island as a unique Caribbean nation.

Authentic Cuba Travel works closely with Cuban cultural and educational organizations such as universities, environmentalists, conservationist institutions, local communities and others in the design and operation of these unique Cuban culture tours.

Quotes from TripAdvisor.ca

“My trip with Authentic Cuba Travel exceeded my expectations. The staff was always there to help with every aspect of the tour and in my opinion went way beyond and above the call of duty.”

“We went to the Jazz fest. Dec 2011. I was very nervous to go. The trip was marvelous.”

“I have been telling my friends about this unbelievable tour ever since I returned…”

“Authentic Cuba Travel is a great organization, with an eye for detailed follow through. We would highly recommend their services.”

Authentic Cuba Travel Group is a member and maintains affiliations with the following government agencies, institutions and professional organizations for consumer protection: TICO, ACTA, IATA TIDS, and others.
(877) 280-2054 Toll Free North America
(647) 351-8191 Toronto and International

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IATA TIDS No. 96-5 3230 6

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