If you love music or enjoy exploring unique cultural events, the Havana Jazz Festival is a must-visit. Held annually in Cuba’s lively capital, this festival truly celebrates jazz, culture, and the enchanting spirit of Havana. Here’s why this remarkable event deserves a spot on your travel plans.

1. A Rich Musical Heritage

Cuba’s musical roots run deep, and the Internationa Jazz Plaza Festival in Havana is a shining example of this rich history. The festival combines traditional Cuban sounds and contemporary jazz, offering an unparalleled auditory experience. Imagine swaying to the beats of Afro-Cuban rhythms one moment and getting lost in the soulful melodies of modern jazz fusion the next, all performed by some of the most gifted musicians worldwide.

2. World-Class Performances at the International Jazz Plaza Festival

This festival draws top-notch talent from across the globe. Past festivals have seen performances by legends like Chucho Valdés, David Weckl, and Arturo O’Farrill, alongside contemporary stars such as Snarky Puppy, Aaron Goldberg, and Emmet Cohen. The lineup also includes prominent Cuban artists like Roberto Fonseca, whose charismatic blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz brings an electrifying energy to the stage.

3. Diverse Venues and Experiences in Havana

The festival is held across multiple iconic venues in Havana, including the Teatro Nacional, Fabrica de Arte Cubano, and the historic Casa de la Cultura. Each venue offers a unique ambiance, from large theaters’ grandeur to small clubs’ intimate settings. The festival also includes workshops, jam sessions, and the International Jazz Colloquium, where scholars and musicians discuss the impact of jazz on society.

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Havana Jazz Plaza at Casa de la Cultura

4. A Cultural Immersion

Attending the Havana Jazz Festival is not just about the music; it’s an opportunity to dive deep into Cuban culture. Enjoy walking tours that explore the roots of Afro-Cuban music, visit local farms, and savor authentic Cuban cuisine at top-rated paladares (private restaurants). Each day is packed with activities that highlight Havana’s culture and history.

5. Exclusive Havana Jazz Festival Access and VIP Treatment with Havana Music Tours

Booking a curated tour with Havana Music Tours ensures you get VIP access to the best events and prime seating at concerts. These tours often include private dinners with live music, studio listening sessions, and dance or music lessons, providing an exclusive and immersive experience that goes beyond just attending concerts.

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6. Support Local Artists in Havana

By attending the Havana Jazz Plaza Festival, you’re also supporting the local music scene. The festival offers a platform for Cuban musicians to showcase their talents to an international audience, helping to preserve and promote Cuba’s rich musical traditions. Your presence contributes to the growth and recognition of these incredible artists.

7. Create Unforgettable Memories

The experiences you’ll have at the Havana Jazz Plaza Festival will stay with you long after the final note has been played. The magic of live jazz in the enchanting setting of Havana is something truly special. It’s a chance to escape the ordinary and indulge in a celebration of music and culture that is both exhilarating and deeply satisfying.


The Havana Jazz Festival is more than just an event; it’s a celebration for anyone who cherishes music and cultural experiences. With its blend of exceptional performances, deep-rooted heritage, and the captivating charm of Havana, it offers an enriching and unforgettable experience. So, make plans to attend the Havana Jazz Festival and prepare for a journey filled with extraordinary music, cultural delights, and cherished memories.

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Let’s Set the Scene

Dates: September 13th-17th, 2023, featuring “Jazz Emprende” music event at Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Havana, Cuba.

Picture yourself strolling through the sun-kissed roads of Old Havana, sensing the age-old cobblestones under your soles. The melodious salsa rhythms from a nearby window and the vivid hues from the buildings fill your senses with joy. This could become a reality for you in September.

Why Join Us On This Adventure?

It’s Just Us: Intimate and Cozy

Our journey will be more than just a typical tourist experience. By limiting our group to only eight spots, we’ll have the opportunity to create a more intimate and personal journey among friends. We’ll have the chance to make a more intimate and personal journey among friends.

Nightly Jam Sessions

Imagine yourself with a refreshing mojito in hand, swaying to the rhythms of live jazz under the Havana moon at renowned spots like Fangio Habana and La Zorra y el Cuervo.

Culinary Love Affair

During our trip, we plan to dine at some of the best Cuban Paladars. Our list includes El Del Frente, La Tierra, and El Cocinero. These restaurants are known for their unique combination of classic Cuban flavors and modern culinary techniques. We’re thrilled to taste their signature dishes, including ropa vieja, tropical ceviche, family-style black beans and white rice, lechón asado, and more, including vegan/vegetarian options.

Step into the Studio: Your Private Concert

Imagine this: you, in a sunlit Old Havana studio, as a Latin-Jazz ensemble treats you to a session that feels like it’s just for you. It’s raw, intimate, and unforgettable.

The Cherry on Top: Jazz Emprende Music Event

This event offers a unique atmosphere that blends the style of a TED talk conference with a jazz lounge. Attendees will have the chance to network with the talented Italian rhythm artist Aldo Mazza and the soulful musician from Parisian jazz, Sebastien Videl. The ambiance is incredibly cool, making it the perfect place to immerse yourself in an electrifying yet smooth environment.

The event boasts an impressive lineup of legendary musicians, including Ruly Herrera & Real Project from Cuba, who bring a fresh wave of Cuban jazz with snappy drums and infectious rhythms. Roberto Fonseca, a Cuban pianist, expertly dances his fingers along the piano keys, captivating the audience with mesmerizing tunes. Eme Alfonso, also from Cuba, has a soulful and ethereal voice that is pure magic to the ears. The United States Robert Glasper is a true maestro who effortlessly blends jazz and R&B in a heartfelt embrace. Lastly, Crystal Murray from France has a silky, fresh, and downright hypnotic voice will leave you yearning for more.

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The Itinerary Outline: Your Perfect 5 Days in Havana

Day 1: Warm Welcomes, Music and Cuban Cocktails

Day 2: Uncover the Secrets of Old Havana and the majesty of Cuban Music during Jazz Emprende Concerts

Day 3: Engage and Get Inspired at Jazz Emprende Events

Day 4: Your Day, Your Way & A Farewell Fiesta

Day 5: One Last Cuban Coffee, then Homeward Bound

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The Last Word

Crafted with love by musician’s dreamers, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill vacation. It’s your gateway into the pulsating heart of Cuba.

Ready to swap your routine for some rhythm? Mark those calendars for September 2023. Come make memories with us.

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