Young Cuban Jazz Musicians Show Their Stuff

JoJazz 2015 continues this weekend in Havana

Photo Feature by Elio Delgado Valdes
Text: Elvira Pardo Cruz

001HAVANA TIMES — The eighteenth edition of JoJazz International Festival dedicated to young talents began on November 19th 2015, with the inaugural concert held at the Tito Junco hall of the Bertolt Brecht Theater, the main venue of the musical event this year.

Hector Quintana with his guests Emilio Martini, Roberto Carcasses and Wild Trio, were responsible for the opening of the competitive event, created in 1997 at the initiative of music producer and artistic director Alexis Vazquez.

JoJazz welcomes young musicians outside the Jazz Plaza festival. This year there are students of art schools and conservatories of Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin and Camaguey, who share their experiences with young US jazz musicians.

The young jazz artists are competing in the different modalities for the categories of composition and performance. They have the opportunity to express their talents, playing well known jazz pieces or creations of their own.

The jury is comprised by Cuban jazz artists including Cesar Lopez, Kelvin Barreto, Alexis Bosch, Joaquín Betancourt, Julito Padrón, Alejandro Falcon and the composer and pianist Juan Piñera.

The award and closing concert will be on Sunday Nov. 22 at the headquarters of the competition and will led by the winning artists along with the group Maracujazz, first prize in the 2014 JoJazz.

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One thought on “Young Cuban Jazz Musicians Show Their Stuff

  • November 23, 2015 at 8:03 pm
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    Cuba has soul and it’s music is the light that shines brightly! Great story!

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