Cafe Jazz Miramar is in the eastern “Miramar” suburb district of Havana. The club is a newer establishment: a renovated small concert hall (supposed to have a good sound system), and it puts on most of its jazz shows Friday and Saturday evenings. The cafe is credited with better surroundings, although maybe a noiser crowd.
Cafe Miramar is known for newer groups and music improv sessions. There is a mix of music with an accent on the afro-Cuban. Try music here by the singer & pianist Bellita Exposito and her group Jazz Tumbata in mixed euro- and afro-Cuban jazz. Bellito is also a widely practiced educator in Cuba. Here also are: “Rio Cali” played by an un-named band; a brief piece by Manual Herrera; the remarkable horn group Habana Sax playing an un-named piece; an un-named piece by pianist Roberto Carcasses with his trio; and him with a sizeable group playing the fast-moving “Blues Guaguanco.”
The cafe food & drink minimum is about $2 American.
This Cuban series relates to the KCSM Spring 2015 jazz tour to Cuba, and to the second tour coming this October. Dick Conte, KCSM host on the coming October Cuba jazz tour commented: he had always enjoyed the Cuban people, music and culture. He was there in 1959, just after the revolution and felt that going back on this tour would be almost like coming full circle.
For tour information consult the KCSM site: key “KCSM Jazz 91″ in search. At the home page, look down the right side about 1/3 of the way for a rectangle “Travel to Cuba with KCSM” and this will lead to the tour company site.