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 Havana International Jazz Festival
Jazz Plaza 2024
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Havana, Cuba
January 25-30, 2024

Experience the roots of Afro-Cuban jazz as we take you deep into Cuba’s music scene with an All-Access VIP Pass to all festival events and exclusive engagements with Cuba’s most talented musicians.  The festival, an international event, showcases the innovative sounds of Cuba’s legends and rising stars, as well as musicians from around the globe. 

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Program Includes

Six (6) days and Five (5) Nights

Cuban Travel Visa & Health Insurance

Airport Transfers in Cuba

Bed & Breakfast Accommodations

Expert Guided Tours with Transportation 

Daily Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner 

Full Access VIP Jazz Festival Pass


VIP Entrance to Festival Events with Preferential Seating

Authentic Cultural Tours & Experiences

Visit to Local Community Art Project

Cuban Salsa Dance Lessons

Dining at the Best Restaurants

Real Interaction with Musicians & Performers

Viñales Tobacco Country Excursion

Callejon de Hamel: Afro Cuban Expressions

Free Time to Relax & Explore


per person
double occupancy
+275 single supplement

$750 deposit

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About Jazz Plaza

The first Havana International Jazz Festival was held in 1978, when a group of well-known Cuban musicians, led by Bobby Carcassés, held an outdoor jazz concert in downtown Havana. It was a resounding success and was organized for a second year, featuring pianist Chucho Valdés. Renowned artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Charlie Haden, Roy Hargrove, Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Perez became part of the Havana scene on a regular basis.  
The festival has since expanded to include all the main concert halls in downtown Havana, intimate private clubs, and impromptu jam sessions along the famous Malecón, attracting jazz lovers from around the globe.  

Brief  History of Jazz in Cuba

In Cuba, music is life and life is music. All times of the day and night, music pours into the streets from homes, cars, businesses, and the like.  It is the reason for the warm, loving, and optimistic spirit of the Cuban people long noted by visitors, despite their daily reality.  Cubans enjoy all types of music, but particularly their own, whether it be bolero, son, regueton, rap, changui, timba, songo, or rumba, to name a few, because it tells a story, expresses popular feelings, and unites people. Jazz is no different!
Before and after the abolition of slavery in Cuba (1886), many black Cubans immigrated to New Orleans and introduced rhythms and styles that had been developed in Cuba.  At the same time, black New Orleanians were sent to Cuba during the U.S. intervention in the Cuban independence wars against Spain in 1898. During that time, New Orleans musicians introduced brass instruments to their Cuban brethren.  Fighting during the war only lasted a few days, but New Orleanians remained for up to 4 years, as part of the U.S. occupation. The soldiers worked together during the day, and passed the nights doing what Cubans and New Orleanians do best... making music and having a good time.  These conditions were perfect for the exchange, which would spawn a new musical genre- jazz.  

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