The music festival Jazz Plaza 2016 is now under way (December 15-18) in Havana and Santiago de Cuba. In Havana, the venues will be: Casa de la Cultura de Plaza, the Gardens of the Mella Theater, the Cuba Pavilion and Cuban Art Factory. OnCuba underlines the presence of U.S. musicians Christian McBride, Terence Blanchard, Rachel Flowers, Arturo O’Farrill and the New York group Snarky Puppy, which are all being featured in the festival. The Festival kicked off with Chucho Valdés, Christian McBride, Terence Blanchard and singer Omara Portuondo. Here are excerpts from OnCuba:
[. . .] Already known on Cuban stages, pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill will perform on December 18 in the Tito Junco Hall of the Bertolt Brecht Theater. O’Farrill is the son of the great Cuban composer Chico Farrill and heads the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra.
Jazz Plaza 2016 also brings good news: carrying out the festival in Santiago de Cuba. Spaces like the Dolores Hall, the Iris Jazz Club and the venue of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) will also welcome the festival sessions. [. . .]
Three moments to not be missed: [. . .] the performance of singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés and pianist Miguel Núñez on December 17 in the Mella Theater; and the performance in that same theater, but on the following day, of Roberto Fonseca and Ivorian singer Fatoumata Diawara.
For full article, see http://oncubamagazine.com/culture/u-s-classics-in-jazz-plaza/