HAVANA._ The result of women’s charm and good jazz getting together is a formula created in Havana: Women in Jazz, an event that returns to the capital with new airs after four years of absence.
From March 2 to 7, Women in Jazz will bring together the most representative elements of jazz made by women. The upcoming 8th edition intends to remain loyal to its initial goals and delight the audience at the mythical La Zorra y el Cuervo Jazz Club, the traditional headquarters of this music event.
As usual, Women in Jazz will be hosted by pianist and composer Lilia Expósito, popularly known as Bellita who, along with the organizing committee, will have the difficult task of inviting the most outstanding jazz singers and instrumentalists of the Cuban capital.
“This is just the beginning; Cuban women will be ever more talented in jazz. Women performers are becoming aware of the fact that one does not earn popularity because of who one performs with but because of how one performs,” Bellita commented referring to the event’s first editions.
According to her, these times are just perfect to show that there are good women instrumentalists in Cuba, and they will grow even more as long as the competition gets tougher.
Recognized in Cuba for her creativity and leadership capacity, Bellita will spare no efforts to, along with her Jazztumbatá band, design an attractive place for all those jazz lovers who attend the event at the central jazz club.
Though La Zorra y el Cuervo Club regularly welcomes jazz performers, the event’s organizers agree that this is a unique opportunity to further highlight and make the work of Cuban women in jazz known.
The event’s main organizer is Waldo N. Cárdenas Asen, the artistic producer of this and many other music events in Havana, always with jazz and its best exponents as his letter of introduction.
Directed by Cárdenas, talented musicians such as Pablo Menéndez and his band Mezcla, Yissi García, Roberto Fonseca & Temperamento, and Bellita & Jazztumbatá have made memorable performances including the tribute paid to maestro Bebo Valdés and those at the Jazz Plaza Festival on December 13, 2013.
These precedents envisage five days of jazz fully performed by women, with serious performances that will allow corroborating Bellita’s predictions in the prelude to the music event.
Its date has certain symbolism because International Women’s Day is celebrated the day after its closing. No doubt, the best present for Cuban women would be seeing these great women artists performing a musical genre they have gradually taken on as their own.Share on FB Share on TT