La foundation Haiti Jazz presents the 7th edition of Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince from January 19 through January 26, 2013. Despite budget cuts announced mid-December by the Ministries of Culture and Tourism in the aftermath superstorm Sandy, the 7th edition of Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince (PAPJAZZ) will take place, after all, with outstanding presentations. The Festival will reverberate with the sounds and rhythms of some of the world’s greatest jazz performers.
Two jazz stars this year… Indeed, the renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis from the United States will officially open on the “Prestige Stage” at Parc Historique de la Canne à Sucre on January 19th at 6pm, and the incomparable Cameroonian bassist Richard Bona, accompanied by the Mandekan Cubano band, will close this new edition on January 26th.
13 countries… An edition with more international appeal than ever from Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Spain, the United States of America, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Switzerland and of course Haiti will be on stage at the 7th PAPJAZZ.
24 bands … This year, the PAPJAZZ welcomes 12 international bands/artists, and Haiti will be proudly represented by no less than 12 Haitian bands/artists both local and from the diaspora.
9 days of jazz on 8 different stages: Decentralize the festival from Jacmel to Port-au-Prince to Petion-Ville. The PAPJAZZ will be everywhere.
Always free music workshops… Every morning, many foreign musicians will graciously offer music workshops for young music lovers.
A touristic appeal… La foundation Haiti Jazz, presenter of the event, is proud to offer this recurring “Rendez-vous” of music to jazz lovers from Haiti, the Caribbean and from around the world, as it showcases a cultural and touristic image of the country.