Violinist Darron Andrews is currently representing St Vincent and the Grenadines at the Cuban JoJazz competition.
The Jo Jazz Festival is a competition and celebration by and for waves of young musicians breaking into the Latin jazz and global music milieu.
The Cuban jazz sound is unique. It is the result of the African and Spanish musical heritage and mixture, with contributions from the United States of America and many other countries as far as China and France.
In the first half of the 20th century, US Jazz bands were hired to perform in Havana. Soon Cuban jazz musicians incorporated the international repertoire brought by these American bands into their unique Jazz sound.
Today the Havana Jazz sound is cosmopolitan, sophisticated and freed from commercial pressure- which allows Cuban jazz players to experiment freely and create the new sounds and styles known as the Havana jazz sound that attracts jazz lovers and jazz professionals from all over the world.
The Havana Jo Jazz has become the prelude to the world acclaimed Jazz Festival of Havana, presided over by Chucho Valdes. Jo Jazz has been unfolding for over 15 years in the Cuban capital.
Visitors will mingle with the next generation of melli fluous talent fueling the island’s pulsating rhythm engine. They will meet budding prodigies composing and performing melodies that rock our world.