Cuba has a rich jazz heritage and was selected as the host city of the 2017 World Jazz Day celebrated April 30, a celebration that culminated with performances by Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdéz.
In addition, Afro-Cuban jazz, a subgenre of jazz, emerged in the 1940s and was integrated into the so-called Latin jazz. The main Afro-Cuban jazz artists include Mario Bauzá, Machito, Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie and Tito Puente.
Jazz and Afro-Cuban Jazz are played nightly throughout Havana. Here the 3 best places for catching a live show:
Go for a bohemian experience at this venue that offers several live jazz shows every night. It has beautiful ocean views, and it’s located in one of the most privileged corners of El Vedado, on the top floor of the luxurious Galerías Paseo Shopping Center. Paseo Avenue & 3rd, Havana
La Zorra y El Cuervo
Located in the basement of a residential building on the central Rampa Street, just a few meters from the Habana Libre Hotel, La Zorra y el Cuervo is one of the oldest and most famous jazz clubs in Havana. Enter through what looks like a Londoner payphone. Opens every night at 10 pm. 23 Avenue bt/ N y O, Havana
Miramar Café Jazz
The Café Jazz Miramar has quickly established itself as one of the best live music venues - or the best - in Havana. It is a modern jazz club where you can listen to some of the best emerging and consecrated figures of Cuban music. Essential for jazz fans. While the program may include a high level of improvisation, the quality of the music is undeniable. 5th Avenue and 94th, Miramar, Havana
We hope you enjoy some live Cuban jazz during your visit, and please let us know if you have another favorite venue!