Bed and Breakfast selected will depend on availability at the time of registration deadline and group rooming needs.

33rd Havana Jazz Festival

December 13-19, 2017

Registration Deadline- September 1, 2017

Afro-Cuban jazz is the earliest form of Latin jazz. It mixes Afro-Cuban clave-based rhythms with jazz harmonies and techniques of improvisation. Experience the vibrant richness of Cuban music through the 33rd Havana Jazz Festival. With the presence of prestigious figures Latin Jazz or Cuban Jazz has achieved an important tradition and international recognition. With an all access pass you will be able to attend concerts with Cuban musicians and international guests, presentations of bands, ensembles and soloists., and a colloquium and debates about jazz.

In addition, we will have people-to-people exchanges through visits to music and arts museums, private visits to contemporary dance companies such as Lizt Alfonso and Teatro Danza Retazos and a one-day exploration of Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Program Package Fee

Jazz Options after Dinner

Jazz Café
Mellow, sophisticated and freezing due to extreme air conditioning, the Jazz Café is not only an excellent place to hear some of Cuba’s top jazz musicians, but the open-plan design also provides for a good bar atmosphere if you want to chat. Less intimate than La Zorra y el Cuervo.

Café Jazz Miramar
This new jazz club has quickly established itself as one of the very best places to hear some of Cuba’s best musicians jamming. While it is difficult to get the exact schedule and in any case expect a high level of improvisation when it is good it is very good. A full house is something of a mixed house since on occasion you will feel like holding up your own silence please sign!

La Zorra y el Cuervo
Probably the most well known venue for jazz in Havana, the ‘Fox & Crow’ offers an intimate environment in this basement venue notably marked by a red English telephone box at its entrance. Top jazz players perform here on a nightly basis. More Ronnie Scotts than Pizza Express, don’t expect to chat too much without getting frowned at which is pretty unusual in Cuba where conversation generally trumps all. Dark, cramped, low ceilings and an absolute firetrap this has much more atmosphere of the gritty kind than the Jazz Café, which seems too pretty and sterile by comparison.

What is included?


  • Access pass to all Jazz Festival activities
  • Face-to-Face / online orientation before departure
  • Cuba Travel Guide for a safe and fun trip
  • Emailed information about sites to be visited
  • Ground transportation in AC microbus
  • Five nights at B&B with daily breakfast
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Museums admission and docent fees
  • Visits to two contemporary dance companies
  • One day visit to Las Terrazas
  • Guided walking visit to Old Havana
  • Bilingual Program Leader traveling with the group
  • Educational People-to people license to travel
  • Tips for B&B host, maids, breakfast and included dinners servers, docent and driver

What is not included? (Estimates)

·       $250 Airfare to Havana from Tampa
·       $50 Cuban tourist visa
·       $150 Meals not included
·       Airfare for connecting flight to - from Tampa
·       Tampa hotel the night before departure (OPTIONAL)
·       Trip interruption and cancellation insurance

For a Registration Packet

Please visit our
Contact Us page and provide all required Information. As soon as we hear from you, we will email a registration packet with required forms and instructions. You can also call us at 978-998-0039.

Payment Options - Program Package

Cashier's Check or Credit Card

Timetable for Registration and Payments
August 1             Registration Documents Deadline
                          50% of Program Package Cost

August 5             Deadline to buy air tickets online through the Southwest website
                          Please submit a copy of air ticket confirmation # to CubArtEdu

September 28      50% balance due of Program Package Cost
Cancellation Policy

Cancellations after registration and before September 29 - 50% refund
Cancellations after September 29 - no refund


Our program will start at a hotel near the Tampa International Airport on the night before departure. That evening we will provide an orientation at the hotel for out-of-state (Florida) delegates. (optional for local delegates)


Our flight from Tampa to Havana will take one hour. Once in Havana we will be on our way to accommodations at our B&B for a luggage drop, followed by a panoramic tour of the city and lunch in Old Havana. After lunch we will do check-in at the BB and enjoy a welcome dinner in the evening.


Our first day in Havana will start with breakfast at our B&B (all breakfasts are included), followed by a conference by a Cuban jazz expert. After the conference we will visit Old Havana. Founded in 1519, UNESCO declared Old Havana Universal Patrimony of Humanity. You will learn about Old Havana as a unique urban development project that integrates community and economic development with art. Through a walking visit guided by an architect-historian we will visit Cathedral and Arms Squares. In Cathedral Square we will visit the Experimental Graphic Workshop (printmaking). In Arms Square we will stop to visit the Palace of Captains Generals and the City Museum of Havana. After lunch we will visit San Francisco de Asis Plaza, and Plaza Vieja, visiting the Fototeca (Cuban Photography Center) and the Arts and Crafts Fair in Old Havana. In the evening, after dinner, we will attend Jazz Festival performances.


Our second day in Havana will start with a visit to the National Museum of Music. Its collection offers wide information of the development of music and the musical instruments in Cuba from the XVI century until now. In addition to this visit, delegates will participate in conferences and meeting sponsored by the festival to exchange ideas with Cuban musicians. After lunch we will visit Teatro Danza Retazos Dance Company for a demonstration and exchange of ideas with dancers. The absolute vanguard, Retazos "Remnants" orients his choreography toward a singular scenic projection, represent a forceful chronicle of the Latin-American spirituality in an unpredictable reflexive dance. In the evening, after dinner, we will attend Jazz Festival performances.


After breakfast we will visit the National Museum of Fine Arts. Its halls treasure the Cuban Art Collection, the most comprehensive parade of who’s who in a history of art making spanning nearly three centuries. In addition to this visit, delegates will participate in conferences and meeting sponsored by the festival to exchange ideas with Cuban musicians. Our visit will be followed with lunch and a visit for a demonstration and conversation with dancers of the Lizt Alfonso Dance Academy, precursor and maximum exponent of the "fusion" style. Founded 25 years ago by its creator, director and choreographer, Lizt Alfonso, it has conquered audiences of all ages in the five continents, performing in hundreds of cities with the strength and rhythm of Cuba. In the evening, after dinner, we will attend Jazz Festival performances.


Our trip will continue outside of Havana visiting Las Terrazas, a rural community managing a sustainable development project in the heart of Sierra del Rosario, declared a Reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO.  In the evening, after a farewell dinner, we will attend Jazz Festival performances.


Departure from José Martí International Airport