Videos of Jazz Plaza Festival
Chucho Valdes, with Rodney Barreto drum solo at Jazz Plaza 2018
Carlos Miyares, Alexander Abreu, Yaroldy Abreu and many others at Jazz Plaza 2020
$300.00 – $3,785.00
The Ultimate VIP tour of Havana Jazz Plaza, the most important Jazz Festival in Cubal! It usually features some of the most popular and up n’ coming artists from Cuba and around the world. In the past, there have been performances from artists such as Chucho Valdés, Telmary, Joe Lovano, Snarky Puppy, Alain Pérez, Interactivo, Daymé, Los Van Van, Hector Quintana, Muñequitos de Matanzas, Pedrito Martinez, Cimafunk, Ruy López Nussa, Dave Weckl, Horacio Hernández (El Negro), Habana de Primera, Rumbatá, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and much more!
Everyone be staying in a Casa Particular, (private home/apartment), large Villa, or Hotel with your small group of no more than 8 people. You will awake each morning to an array of different fruits, Cuban coffee, eggs, bread, juices, and more. The days and nights will be filled with musical events, cultural immersion, musical performances, dance lessons, music education, and even some free time!
This tour is definitely for the music lover. You will experience many different styles of music each day and see some of the best artists in all of Cuba in one diverse musical week. Together we will discover the new and younger artists rising within the Cuban and Latin American music scenes. With your VIP pass, we will attend some of the most popular music venues in Cuba, places like La Zorra y El Cuervo, Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Hotel Nacional, Teatro Nacional, and much more!
Expect to dive deeper into Cuban history and culture as well as the connection of its people through music and art. The tour will feature art and history museums with local multi-lingual professional tour guides. You can discover and appreciate craft stores and paladares (private restaurants) that the Cuban people have worked so hard to create. Did I mention we are musicians as well? That’s right… You will have a VIP tour with professional musicians who know the music of Cuba better than any other tour agency.
We are a U.S. based tour agency and this tour fulfills all of the legal OFAC travel rules for United States Citizens. You will be given a legal travel affidavit and full-time itinerary to confirm your tour is legal under the OFAC guidelines.
Your festival tour includes the following:
Cuban Visas are to be purchased at your last airport before departing for Cuba. They are typically around $50-100. If you were born in Cuba, please contact us as you may have different Cuban visa requirements.
*Flights arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary must arrive between 8:30am-10am EST to have included transportation. All flights arriving must come into Havana and depart from Havana. If you book a departing flight from another city and/or stay extra days the transportation will not be included.
*All breakfasts are included. Other meals are on a per day basis. We will include two lunches and five dinners. One night you will have freedom to have dinner on your own.
*All music entry and reservation are also included.
*This is just a sample itinerary, you will receive a detailed itinerary with confirmed events closer to your trip departure.
Group Luxury Villa (Up to 8 people): $2,988 per person
Private Luxury Casa (Up to 4 people): $3,785 per person
We normally don't take tours... as we prefer to explore places on our own. However in the case of Cuba and the Havana music scene in particular, if you want... read more to visit for a relatively short time (i.e. can't stay for a month+) and be able to pack in a whole lot of unique experiences without being frustrated by the complexity of dealing with "word-of-mouth" music venue details, then we highly recommend Havana Music Tours run by Chaz Chambers. We went as a family with a teenager who plays saxophone in a couple of high school jazz bands. We wanted our son to be able to experience the music and be inspired by the Cuban musicians. Chaz was able to customize our tour and set up private saxophone lessons for our son with some great local musicians and arrange for him to sit in with them for a couple of performances. This was a great experience and it was wonderful to feel the sense of joy and local community among the musicians... meeting them and their families offered a much more personal experience than you would be able to get by just showing up at a jazz club. Chaz and his local Cuban contacts do a ton of work behind the scenes to make sure everything is customizable, flexible and runs smoothly. Going on the tour was like spending time with a group of friends who just happen to have inside connections in the local community to avoid tourist traps and make it pain free to maximize the musical and cultural experience. In addition to the personalized music lessons, we toured the city, took a day trip to the Vinales agricultural region, went to the beach for a refreshing swim, and had free time to explore on our own.
Writing this review because we had a great time and wish Chaz the best of luck ... but please stay small and keep it personalized. We'd like to come back when next we get the chance.
Things you should know:
* Plan to spend late nights out listening to great music (Some performances don't really get going till around midnight)
* Some clubs have age restrictions so aren't available for < 18 yr old
* In addition to music, plan to see Havana, take a day trip, and just wander around (Cuba is very safe ... a little Spanish speaking ability is really helpful but not required)
* No issues with US customs/immigration at all (we flew JetBlue through JFK... really easy)
* You can get cell service and internet, but try to disconnect for a while if possible.
I went to Cuba with Chaz Chambers and his company Havana Music Tours, from the beginning I was immersed in the Cuban culture it was wonderful! We stayed at a... read more lovely casa with breakfast made every morning, we got to explore old Havana, it was filled with the most delicious food! Everyday was filled with afrocuban and jazz music, the Cuban people are some of the realest and nicest people I have met, I never felt unsafe and Chaz was a great tour guide throughout our trip, he took to the beautiful beaches and the grand music venues all around Havana. Chaz is definitely the way to go when booking your music tour he knows how to get around, and takes you to the best places to experience all the culture and music, I recommend his company if you are looking for an authentic experience! More
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