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All that Jazz: get to know the performers at Havana #JazzDay 2017

All that Jazz: get to know the performers at Havana #JazzDay 2017

La Habana will be the Global Host City for International Jazz Day 2017. A week of concerts, jam sessions and fun will end with an All Star concert at Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso on April 30.

The short-image version:


and the fun, video-enjoyable list:

Herbie Hancock

“Afro-Cuban jazz and its rich history have played a pivotal role in the evolution and enrichment of the entire jazz genre. The incomparable trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie along with beloved Cuban musicians Mario Bauzá, Machito and Chano Pozo, infused American jazz with Afro-Cuban rhythms to create a brand new, energetic sound that defined modern music. We are so pleased that Havana, Cuba, will serve as the Global Host City for International Jazz Day 2017. On behalf of the worldwide family of jazz musicians, educators and enthusiasts, I would like to thank the citizens of Havana and Cuba for their enormous support of this truly global musical art form.”
said Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for International Dialogue.




Chucho Valdés

THE Cuban Jazz Master. One of the greatest influencers in Cuban music, founder and director of the iconic Irakere group.



John Beasley

American composer, pianist, producer, and arranger who has recorded and performed with Miles Davis, Steely Dan, Chaka Khan, James Brown, Spice Girls, Dianne Reeves, Ry Cooder, Chick Corea and Sérgio Mendes, Freddie Hubbard, John Patitucci, Queen Latifah, Lee Ritenour, Mike Stern, and Ivan Lins.




Emilio Vega

Cuban producer, arranger, percussionist and vibrephonist. Along with Beasley, he will be one of the evening’s musical co-directors.




Ambrose Akinmusire

American jazz trumpeter.
In 2007, Akinmusire was the winner of both the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, two of the most prestigious jazz competitions in the world.
In 2014 he won the North Sea Jazz Festival’s Paul Acket Award.




Carl Allen

American jazz drummer. Artistic Director of Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School from 2008 to 2013.




Richard  Bona

Bass player from Cameroon. His last album “Heritage” has a great Afro-Cuban music influence.




Till Brönner

German trumpeter, singer, composer, arranger and producer. His approach is influenced by bebop and fusion jazz, but also modern pop music, movie soundtracks, country music and even German pop songs.



A Bu

The prodigy piano jazz kid from China (birthname Dai Liang) is now a teenager.




Igor Butman

Russian sax player, composer, bandleader.

Bobby Carcassés

One of the champions of Cuban Jazz culture, creator of the annual Jazz Plaza Festival. Also, our Scat Man.



Regina Carter

American jazz violin player. Her moods moves from European classical, bebop, Afro-Cuban and Southern blues music.



Kurt Elling

American jazz vocalist, composer, lyricist and vocalese performer. Born in Chicago, Illinois.

Kenny Garrett

Grammy Award-winning American post-bop jazz saxophonist and flautist who gained recognition in his youth as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and of Miles Davis’s band.


Antonio Hart

Alto saxophonist Antonio Hart plays with fire, sensitivity and passion. His distinctive sound combines various elements spanning the history of jazz, which he has absorbed and synthesized through years of study.



Takuya Kuroda

Japanese forward-thinking trumpeter with a bent toward mixing post-bop and adventurous soul-jazz


Ivan Lins

Latin Grammy-winning Brazilian musician. He has been an active performer and songwriter of Brazilian popular music and jazz for over thirty years. His first hit, “Madalena”, was recorded by Elis Regina in 1970. “Love Dance”, a hit in 1989, is one of the most recorded songs in musical history

Sixto Llorente “El Indio”

One of the powerful voices in Cuban Timba. More than 30 years in the scenery of musical composing and arrangements. Latin Jazz guaranteed.




Marcus Miller

Along with Herbie, is the most awaited figure for the event. As you may know, this multi-instrumentalist monster may be able, playing with Hancock and Garrett, to summon Miles itself to play a funky jazz version of Guantanamera.



Julio Padrón

Cuban trumpeter Julio Padrón’s laid-back music weaves jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban popular sounds into its fabric. You can find him playing with Interactivo project in Havana.
In his own words:
“I appreciate jazz, but I’m a rumbero. The real jazz players are in North America-Wynton Marsalis and others-but we do share something. Jazz is about picardia [spice] in the music. It’s about a music that doesn’t exist on the page. It’s about imagination and creating something new. We do that too in Cuban music.”



Gianluca Petrella

Considered one of the best young jazz trombonists.In 2001 he won Italy’s Django d’Or Award as well as Musica Jazz’s annual critics poll as Best Young Talent. In 2006 and 2007 he was featured in Down Beat magazine, winning their award for “Best Emerging Artist” in the category for Best Trombonist.



Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Cuban, pianist, experimental, classic, traditional, beloved and devoted by his Cuban public. Tiene tumbao!


(and many more to come…)