You wouldn’t necessarily associate jazz with an island paradise, but Cuba does it amazingly well. The Havana Jazz Festival is in fact one of the most popular festivals in Cuba, playing host to both local and international artists. Held each December in venues across the city, the festival is basically a celebration of all things jazz, and you can see dozens of performances during its four-day run. There’s a lot of traditional jazz, as well as numerous artists who specialize in Afro-Cuban jazz, which is jazz intermingled with seductive Cuban beats.
This festival is organized by none other than Chucho Valdés. The event usually draws a handful of top international bands and soloists to share the stage and billing with a strong stable of Cuba’s best jazz talents.