Jazz Plaza International Festival: January 17-21 2018

Chucho Valdes - Festival Jazz Plaza 2018

Chucho Valdés will inaugurate Jazz Plaza International Festival 2018

The award-winning Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés will open the XXXIII edition of the International Jazz Plaza 2018 Festival, which will take place in Havana this month, the organizers announced. Valdés, considered the live jazz player of the island with the highest international recognition, will once again assume the responsibility of opening the Cuban classic, considered one of the most important in the world. The event, with venues in various Havana venues and presentations from its previous edition in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, had five concerts in December, which included a tribute to the late Cuban pianist Emiliano Salvador. Sponsored by the Cuban Institute of Music and the National Center for Popular Music, and chaired by maestro Valdés, the event hosts the Theoretical Colloquium each year, where lectures are given. The Jazz Plaza International Festival is one of the most important music events in Cuba and since its creation in 1980 several of the most outstanding exponents of the genre have been presented on stage, from the American trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie to the French composer Michel Legrand.

The Havana International Jazz Festival (Cuba Jazz Festival) was born in 1978 when Bobby Carcassés, and other well known Cuban Jazz musicians, presented the first Jazz concert at the Casa de la Cultura de Plaza in downtown Havana. This is the origin of the title ‘International Jazz Festival Plaza’ because it finds its birth in this open-air venue. The Casa de la Cultura de Plaza hall, with its pleasant intimate outdoor terrace, is still one of the places where concerts and jam sessions take place. Based on this success, another Jazz festival was organized the following year, featuring pianist Chucho Valdés. Renowned artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Charlie Haden, Roy Hargrove, Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Pérez became part of the Havana scene on a regular basis.

In 1996 Chucho Valdés became artistic director of the Havana International Jazz Plaza Festival and president of the Organizing Committee with Alexis Vazquez Aguilera as the vice president. The festival has since expanded to include all the main concert halls in downtown Havana, not to mention impromptu street jam sessions along the Malecón.

Among the 2018 scheduled performing artists are Chucho Valdés, Arturo O’Farrill, Gonzálo Rubalcaba, Jessy J, Bobby Carcassés, Sandy Shore, Roberto Fonseca, Michael Lington, Harold López-Nussa, Jorge Reyes, Los Brujos, Iba Ibo Yoruba Specimen, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, Wayne Wallace, Big Energy Ensemble, Anton Doyle, Doug Martin, CABOCUBAJAZZ, Gryssel Ramirez, Justo Almario, Yasek Manzano and the Cords Quartet, Naat Berahman, Michel Herrera, Ernán López-Nussa, Klimax, Orlando Sánchez, Bellita y Jazztumbata, Emilio Morales, William Roblejo, Alfred Thompson, Havana d’ Primera, Mezcla, Jesús Fuentes y Santo Tomas Conection, Oscar Valdés y Diakara, Ruy López-Nussa, César López y Habana Ensemble, Rolando Luna, Javier Salva, Aire de Concierto, Emir Santa Cruz, Jorge Luis Pacheco, Sexto Sentido, Alejandro Falcón y Cubadentro, Ernesto Camilo Vega, Ta Bueno Jazz, Gala Mayor, Habana Sax and many other local Cuban Jazz musicians.

Web Editor
Latin Jazz Network is a project dedicated to the advancement of Latin jazz and its creators. Since 2000 LJN has been spreading the word about this wonderful music known under the umbrella term: LATIN JAZZ.

More from author

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related posts

Promotionspot_img
Promotionspot_img

Featured Posts

Omara Portuondo, Multifaceted Gem of Cuban Music

My moon app announces that in 14 hours the Supermoon of May will be here. During a full moon I often get inspired to...

Ray Barretto · Barretto Power

Barretto Power: A Celebratory Reissue on its 50th Anniversary It was 1970 when Fania Records released Barretto Power, one of a series of seminal albums...

El Gran Fellové: Part 3- When my Parents…

When my parents bought their home in 1968, Sunset Beach was just another sleepy little beach town It spanned about one mile in length, sandwiched...

El Gran Fellové: Part 2- Enter Chocolate & Celio González

Early Sunday morning… I awoke to the pleasant surprise of a Google Alert in my email. I clicked to find Variety Magazine had published an...

El Gran Fellové: Part 1- The Beginning

Francisco Fellové Valdés (October 7, 1923 – February 15, 2013), also known as El Gran Fellové (The Great Fellove), was a Cuban songwriter and...

Bobby Paunetto, New York City and The Synthesis of Music

Bobby Paunetto was an unforgettable composer, arranger, musician and recording artist. Latin Jazz Network honors him on the tenth anniversary of his death (8.10.10). His...

Jazz Plaza 2020: Ancient to the Future

Chapter four of our series: 35th Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana In recent months I found myself in profound reflection of the term...

Ray Martinez and the Forgotten Legacy of Jazz

Sometime in the very near future, several of the jazz world's best known writers and musicologists will meet in some obscure conclave to pool...

A Brief History of the Cuban Style Conjunto

1930: The Orquesta Típica is out and the Conjunto is in The year 1930 marked a turning point in the development of popular Cuban music....

Jazz Plaza 2020: Speaking in Tongues

Chapter three of our series: 35th Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana Featured photo: Los Muñequitos de Matanzas at El Tablao in Havana, by Danilo...

Join our mailing list

Participate in contests, giveaways and more