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One of Cuba's best, Jorge Reyes on bass!


Just like the United States, clocks in Cuba are set one hour in the spring, and every year in March the days seem to get longer, and the sun sets later. At 8pm the last rays of sun are visible and beautiful to see from anywhere on Havana’s malecon. Where Paseo Street runs into the malecon is probably one of the best places to see one of those beautiful Havana sunsets. At that intersection is one of Cuba’s few large malls, Galerias Paseo, and inside is the Jazz Café.

The Jazz Café has floor to ceiling windows and offers not only great views of the malecon and sea, but also some of Cuba’s best Jazz. From its’ ceiling hang the musical instruments that bring to life those enchanting Jazz melodies. If you look closely you’ll see flouts, trumpets, clarinets, and some saxophones. They serve twenty-three varieties of coffee, and typical Cuban dishes that you can enjoy before hearing one of Cuba’s great Jazz bands. I recommend the roast pork with congri and tostones. Drinks are cold and cheap, beers are priced from $1.50 to $3. After dinner the show starts!

The live Jazz starts at 10pm at the Jazz Café, and on Sundays you’ll find Sergio Jimenez Y Habana Ser playing, Mondays it’s Erick Jhon, and Tuesdays one of the best of a large family of excellent Cuban musicians Ruy Lopez-Nussa. On Wednesday nights you’ll find el Chewy, Thursdays Portillo Cauce, and on Fridays and Saturdays the amazing Cesar Lopez with Habana Ensemble.

The Jazz Café Vedado is directly across the street from the Riviera Hotel and the Melia Cohiba Hotel, right on Havana's malecon.

By Dina GomGar

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