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Jazz at La Zorra y El Cuervo

By Carl Wallace / Posted February 5, 2013

The famous phone booth entrance on La Rampa

The famous phone booth entrance on La Rampa

One of Havana’s finest jazz clubs, La Zorra y El Cuervo (the Fox and the Crow) is located on La Rampa (23rd St between N and O) in Vedado just down the hill from Habana Libre Hotel on one of Havana’s busiest strip.  But La Zorra is no tourist trap – it’s as serious a jazz club as you can imagine.

The club itself has perhaps 100 seats and is the archetype of the Greenwich Village New York jazz scene you have always imagined. It offers a comprehensive line-up of Latin and Afro-Cuban plus other serious jazz forms with a prodigiously talented name almost every night. Many of the jazz world’s biggest names have played there since it became a jazz destination in the late 1990s.

Walking up La Rampa from the Malecon or down from the main corner of Vedado marked by Coppelia and the Yari theatre, it’s easily located by it’s English phone box landmark entry. Cover is $CUC 10 (Jan, 2013) and that includes two bar drinks. The club opens at 10 pm and the music begins at 11 and goes to 3 am. Incredible value for some of the world’s finest players.

The night I last attended, I was lucky enough to catch Emilio Martinez & Saxofilia featuring a saxophone quintet front line playing with slick conviction. An intimate night of great music and fabulous atmosphere.

 

Carl Wallace

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