Size: 20 x 30 inches
This poster was produced for the inaugural year of what is now known as the Havana Jazz Festival (but which was originally called simply Jazz Plaza). Afro-Cuban jazz is the earliest form of Latin jazz - it emerged in the early 1940's when Cubans first appeared in jazz bands in New York City. In 1947, the collaborations of bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and percussionist Chano Pozo brought Afro-Cuban rhythms and instruments, such as the tumbadora and the bongo, into the East Coast jazz scene. During its first decades, the Afro-Cuban jazz movement was stronger in the United States than in Cuba, so this festival could have been seen as an effort to bring Cuban jazz back to its beginnings.
This poster, one of a pair celebrating the same festival and featuring a similar design, is in overall good condition with some surface scratches that will be less apparent when the poster is framed. Unique and very collectable, this poster comes from a private collection.