Havana’s Jazz Plaza 2010 International Festival

Havana’s 26th edition of the Jazz Plaza 2010 International Festival will bring together top musicians from about a dozen countries. From December 16 through December 19, concerts will be held at the Mella Theater, the Covarrubias Hall of the National Theater, the Plaza Culture Center, and the Rumba Palace, as well as La Zorra y el Cuervo nightclub and Havana’s famed Hotel Nacional. The festival, which will be dedicated to percussion in jazz, includes the 6th Theoretical Colloquium, featuring keynote lectures and academic presentations, and film screenings.

This year the festival will showcase 20 groups and artists from abroad—including Argentina, Austria, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States—and almost 50 from Cuba, says vice-president of the event’s organizing committee Alexis Vázquez. Representing Cuba will be Chucho Valdés and Los Mensajeros Afrocubanos, the jazz band directed by Joaquín Betancourt, Bobby Carcasses, Havana Ensemble, and Hernan López-Nussa, among others. According to Vázquez, some of the artists that have confirmed their participation are: flutist Andrea Brachfeld and pianist Arturo O’Farrill (“son of the mythical Chico O’ Farrill”), from the U.S.; the multi-talented Austrian singer Iris Camaa; Argentine composers Dino Saluzzi and Osvaldo Montes; and Mozambican saxophonist Ivan Mazuze.”

The Festival is organized with the sponsorship of the Cuban Music Institute and the National Center of Popular Music, and is presided over by pianist and composer Chucho Valdés.

For more information see http://www.cubaheadlines.com/2010/12/12/28359/havana_to_host_the_2010_jazz_plaza_festival.html#ixzz185sfhEyO and http://www.listindiario.com/entretenimiento/2010/12/11/169816/El-jazz-congrega-a-musicos-en-Cuba

Photos: Ivan Mazuze (above) and Arturo O’Farrill (below).

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