KJAZZ-Havana Jazz Festival!

Join KJAZZ on a historic trip to Cuba!

December 14th to 22nd, 2015

Featuring Jose Rizo and MONGORAMA!

KJAZZ invites you to accompany Jose Rizo's Mongorama on their historic, first visit to Cuba. Join legendary LA musicians for a landmark meeting between the people of Havana and this LA Latin Music sensation! The trip includes an in-depth look at the city and great musical experiences highlighted by Mongorama's set at the 31ST annual Havana Jazz Festival. You can be part of this unique and historic musical experience by joining us from Monday, December 14th to Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015. Produced by our friends at Cuba Tours and Travel, the leading Cuban cultural touring company, the trip is fully licensed and authorized as a “People to People” trip to Cuba.

Learn about the culture of Cuba, meet the Cuban people, see the architecture, experience its soulful music and deep-rooted culture. Meet musicians, experience wonderful concerts and Cuba’s welcoming people, waiting to engage with you and learn about Americans and our values. The trip will be lead by KJAZZ radio personality Jose Rizo and by the Cuban art expert, Adolfo Nodal. Rizo is deeply rooted in Cuban music through his many years at KJAZZ. Nodal was born and raised in Cuba, travels there frequently, and has a solid knowledge of the county’s art and architecture.

This is a nine-day and eight-night trip focused on meeting and getting to know everyday

Cubans, going to the best and most innovative music venues, meeting musicians and

composers, visiting artist studios, seeing architecture, dining at the best home restaurants (paladares) in Havana and other activities consistent with the People to People license. You will dig deeply into the Cuban music scene and learn how Cuban musicians live and work on the magic green island

We have teamed up with Cuba Tours and Travel to handle the myriad of travel details.

You will be staying at the five star Hotel Quinta Avenida in the famed Miramar District of Havana

Image below: MONGORAMA Orquestra

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It's now easier to visit Cuba!

On January 16, 2015 President Barack Obama liberalized People to People educational travel, which now allows Americans to travel to Cuba without all of the paperwork previously needed. This makes travel to Cuba infinitely easier. People to People travel is not tourist oriented or self directed but it is both rewarding and unique. It allows participants to visit a wide scope of organizations, institutions, and community projects that provide a deeper understanding of Cuba, its people and its culture. This trip includes a full time schedule of educational exchange activities designed to promote meaningful interactions between Americans and the people of Cuba.

View your itinerary here

Open this link to get a day by day itinerary for your visit. Please note that it will continue to improve all the way to the departure. You are in for a treat!

Trip costs and details


Land $4,060.00 .00 Per passenger.

Air $575.00 MIA-HAV-MIA (Includes meet and greet at the Miami airport and airport taxes)

Total $ 4635.00 Per passenger. $ 550.00 single supplement

*Your trip price includes a cost deductible portion in the amount of $550.00. You will receive a receipt for the deductible amount from KKJZ 88.1.

All passengers must be eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of the trip.


*Meet and greet at the Miami International Airport

*Round trip air MIA-HAV

*Airport taxes upon departing Miami and Havana Airports

*Cuban Visa

*US Gvt Paperwork or People to People General License

*Airport assistance in Havana

*Airport transfers in Havana

*Accommodations for 7 nights at the Hotel Quinta Avenida

*Hotel in Miami for overnight before the trip (four star)

*Breakfast every day at the Hotel Quinta Avenida

*5 dinners and 6 lunches (19 meals total)

*Tips for restaurants

*Havana Jazz Festival full passes for all concerts

*Visits to artist studios, museums and service orgs as per itinerary

*Visits to musicians and special musical presentations and lectures

*Special Lecture Demonstration by the Danza Folklorica Nacional de Cuba

*Lecture on Cuban Music history by a renowned scholar.

*Reservations to music concerts and events for evening attendance on their own

*Motor coach or van transportation for most events for 12 hours a day. Driver is trained in emergency response.

*Full translation by professional Cuba-based guide, who also is trained in CPR and emergency response

*Medical Insurance in Cuba


*Tips (Guide, Driver and Baggage handlers)

*Airfare to Miami

*Single room differential ($550)

*Trip Interruption Insurance

*All other items not listed in “PROGRAM PRICE INCLUDES”


December 2015 is coming right up and there is limited availability on this great chance to visit Cuba with KJAZZ. This is a perfect time to book your trip. Please sign up now to ensure your place

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Meet Jose Rizo

Jose Rizo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Oxnard, California. He played trumpet in high school, but it was not until he was a student at U.C. Santa Barbara that he developed his passion for jazz. Rizo began hosting "Jazz on the Latin Side" on KLON (now KJazz) on January 6, 1990. He was intricately involved on KLON's "Latin Jazz Club Caravans" and served as a member of the Grammy's Screening committee for Latin Jazz. He was also the artistic director of the Luckman Fine Arts Latin Jazz Concert Series, where he worked with Eddie Palmieri, Poncho Sanchez, Dianne Reeves, Jerry Gonzalez, David Sanchez", Ozomatli, Los Lobos, Giovanni Hidalgo, and many others. Jose also founded the memorable KJazz High School Jazz Festival".

Jose has been involved with the "Central Avenue Jazz Festival" since its inception. For the last 10 years, he has served as the festival's artistic director, sharing those duties in the past with Buddy Collette and Teddy Edwards. The "Central Avenue Jazz Festival" focuses on showcasing great Los Angeles-based jazz musicians like Gerald Wilson, Barbara Morrison, Ernie Andrews, Poncho Sanchez, Anthony Wilson, and Carmen Lundy.

Adolfo V. Nodal is devoted to a vibrant cultural landscape for both Los Angeles and Havana. A native of Cuba, he is Co-Founder and a Partner at Cuba Tours and Travel. He was General Manager of the City of LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs for 12 years ending in 2000. After that he was President of the LA Cultural Affairs Commission for three years. He has also served in other LA City Commissions and until last year was the President of the Sister Cities of Los Angeles Association. In 2003, Al published Memoria: Cuban Art of the Twentieth Century.

KKJZ 88.1 and Global Jazz are committed to the promotion and preservation of the rich cultural heritages of Jazz and Blues through engaging, inspiring and informative programming that satisfies the most dedicated music aficionados, while attracting newcomers of all ages. Originally with the call letters KLON (and later renamed KKJZ) the station has been broadcasting jazz since 1981. In 2004, KKJZ increased transmitting power, going from 6,500 to 30,000 watts as well as an HD Radio digital signal 88.1FM. The California State University, Long Beach Foundation has contracted with Global Jazz, Inc. to program and provide supporting services for KKJZ 88.1 FM.

Cuba Tours and Travel has over fifteen years of experience offering expert-driven cultural travel to Cuba. Our management and program-design team, working together with a team of superb Cuban travel associates in both Havana and Miami, are uniquely suited to offer you the finest in-depth travel program to the island. We are licensed by the US and Cuba and are fully insured. Most importantly, we have an abiding love for Cuban art and culture and have strong connections to the cultural institutions on the island.

Cuba Tours and Travel is a full-service agency licensed by the U.S. Government

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Long Beach, CA. 90802

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Miami, Fl. 33176

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos on this flyer were taken by Jose Rizo at the 2014 Havana Jazz Festival.
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