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Havana's Guanabacoa Amphitheatre comes alive with world jazz figures and young talents
UNESCO Habana/J.Gonzlez. Richard Bona and his Group, with Esperanza Spalding and Marcus Miller at the bass, during their memorable performance.
28 April 2017/ UNESCO Havana/Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

On 28 April, the Guanabacoa Amphitheatre in Havana came alive with an unforgettable show that formed part of the festivities in honour of International Jazz Day, which have turned the Cuban capital into the world venue of this music genre from 24 to 30 April.

World-known figures and upcoming talents made show of their virtuosity at the concert, which opened with the performance of students from the Guillermo Toms Conservatory, based in the municipality of Guanabacoa in eastern Havana, a UNESCO associated school which has graduated many musicians, today prestigious figures on the Cuban artistic scene.

The schools guitar quartet directed by maestro Esteban Campuzano and the female string quartet Another Time welcomed the young students from the Thelonious Monk Institute Performance at the Conservatory venue.

The show continued at the adjoining Guanabacoa Amphitheatre with opening words by professor Layda Ferrando, followed by the performance of the school choir, saxophone student Bryan Arencibia, a saxophone trio, a rock and roll group, and a small school band directed by the charismatic professor Carlos Martnez. This part of the show was under the direction of Professor Alberto Nez.

The audience, already favourably impressed with the quality of their presentations, next enjoyed the performance of Cuban singer Annie Garcs, a Conservatory graduate, who delighted the audience with a show-stopping tribute to Maestro Juan Formell.

All the Cuban part of the show was under the musical direction of composer Wilma Alba, a distinguished member of the Hermanos Saz Association, which groups young Cuban artists.

The excitement continued with the performance of students of the Thelonious Monk Institute, followed by the young and outstanding bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding with Nothing Like You, who specially dedicated the number to a fascinated Cuban public.

The grand finale came with Richard Bona and his group, accompanied by legendary jazz bassist Marcus Miller and young Spalding, who surprised everyone with their rendition of the typical Cuban numbers La Negra Tomasa, La Jardinera and Siguaraya, making over 3,000 spectators dance and ask for encores.

It was a memorable occasion, where students, musicians and world jazz figures from different generations met with neighbours of this local community in Guanabacoa, Havana, the birthplace of Cuban music figures of world renown such as Ernesto Lecuona, Rita Montaner and Bola de Nieve.

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Jazz Day, 30 April 2017 ESPAOL ENGLISH FRANAIS

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