Chaz’s first love is drumming. He has been playing music since he was 5 years old. Chaz’s musical career started to evolve when he was about 21 years old. He attended and graduated from Atlanta Institute of Music and Media with a focus in drum performance. He especially loved studying Latin and funk music. Over the years he refined his skills to the point where he is now competent in most musical genres. During the early part of his career, he performed as a showband and lounge drummer for Carnival Cruise Lines. He visited most islands and countries throughout the Caribbean and learned to work with many diverse cultures. Playing with Carnival Cruise Lines allowed him the opportunity to perform in over 10 different “Vegas-Style” production shows, forvarious Motown fly-on performers, and even a Latin Juggler! Around 2015-2017, Chaz toured the country via circus train as the drummer for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus.
Since graduating from music school, Chaz always wanted to study Afro Cuban drumming in Cuba. That opportunity arrived on a break from the Ringling Brothers tour and also when the travel opportunities opened up for Cuba. With his musical background, it was natural for him to seek out as many different local bands in Cuba as possible. Now he has a repertoire of the best. During his first trip to Cuba, Chaz investigated many arts and made a lot of great friends. His fascination with the culture led to his passion to share the experience with others. This is when the idea of Havana Music Tours was crafted and brought to life. Since the start in early 2017, Chaz has grown his company into a very diverse cultural tour agency.
We booked a 5-night tour with Chaz and Havana Music Tours this past summer – and it was amazing. Among the many reasons to visit Cuba, and Havana in particular,... read more is the music. I’m no musician, but I know what I like, and I love...More
Im a holistic wellness chef, musician, agroecology farmer, and Cuban American. I partnered up with Havana Music Tours this past summer to lead a cultural tour and mindfulness retreat experience... read more in Havana. Chaz the director, is as friendly as can be, professional, knowledgeable, a pleasure...More
I've spoken to several travelers that did not have the same great time in Cuba as I did and I think its because I had Chaz, and they didn't. Through... read more his tour I was able to experience several off the beaten path shows that really...More
Zach R 11/15/2018
We recently visited Cuba via cruise ship. Havana Music Tours helped up plan our tour in Havana. Chaz served as our personal tour guide for the two days that we... read more were in port. In our party of ten, he made sure that everyone got to...More
Nicole M 9/30/2018
This tour started out with a bang when we were greeted at the airport by the tour leader, Cuban interpreter and our own private taxi in his 1955 Chevy,... read more turquoise and white with red leather interior. We had asked for a vintage car ride thinking...More
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