(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Matanzas, Cuba – After several performances in which folkloric and popular music blended with jazz, and Master Chucho Valdés showed his talent, the International Jazz Session Festival closed in western Matanzas province. The festival, held in the beach resort of Varadero, closed with a concert by Irakere, which celebrated its 30th anniversary, Paulo FG and his Elite, and David Calzado and Charanga Habanera, at Plaza del Viaducto, in the city of Matanzas. Chucho Valdés said that the festival can alternate with the Jazz Plaza Festival, which is held every two years in Havana, taking into account that Matanzas and Varadero are very significant places in Cuban cultureThe 1st Jazz Session Festival was attended by internationally renowned musicians, including Steve Thurre and John Benitez, from the United States, and Argentinean guitarist Luis Salinas, as well as Cuban groups and musicians.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.