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  • 04 / 29 / 2012

Cuba will celebrate the first International Jazz Day on April 30, with concerts by several of the most important exponents of the genre in the country.

Herman van Hooff, representative to Cuba of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), told ACN that the date will be marked by three big concerts, in Paris, New York and New Orleans.

For its contribution to jazz and for its important composers and interpreters, Cuban music will also be part of these celebrations, with concerts slated to begin on Friday at various stages in Havana, he pointed out.

Lucia Ormaza, specialist with the National Popular Music Center, announced that the first of these presentations will take place at Los Jardines del Mella, in which the group Mezcla and his guests will participate, in addition to pianist Miguel Angel de Armas, winner of the Jojazz 2011 Contest in Composition.

On Saturday, 2:00 p.m., the Radio Taino radio station’s A Buena Hora program will be aired from the capital’s La Zorra y el Cuervo night club, with the special presentation of Alejandro Falcon and other musicians.

He stressed that on the evening of April 30, Havana’s Mella Theater will be the venue of the special concert for International Jazz Day, with presentations of the Jazz Band of maestro Joaquin Betancourt, renowned pianist Emilio Morales and Los Nuevos Amigos, and bassist Jorge Reyes.

Also performing will be William Roblejo, German Velazco and Rolando Luna, who will play later at the La Zorra y el Cuervo night club with the group Aire de Concierto, he specified. 

In November, 2011, during the General Conference of the UNESCO, the international community proclaimed April 30 as International Jazz Day, at the suggestion of brilliant US keyboard player and composer Herbie Hancock.

Fuente: Radio Cadena Agramonte

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