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Join Pres Hall Jazz Band for the experience of a lifetime!


We sold out in one week! However you can still go to Cuba and see the Preservation Hall Band. Please join our waiting list to get on this trip (on a first come-first served basis) and you will also get information on other opportunities to travel to Cuba for the Jazz Festival!
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The Havana Jazz Festival 2015

Now in its 37th year, The Havana Jazz Festival is one of Cuba's most exciting and international yearly events. The city opens up to music aficionados and musicians and they are celebrated citywide.

December 14th to 22nd, 2015

The Preservation Hall Foundation invites you to accompany the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on their historic, first visit to Cuba. Join legendary New Orleans musicians for a landmark meeting between the people of Havana and this quintessential American tradition! The trip includes an in depth look at the city and great musical experiences highlighted by Preservation Hall performing the opening set of the 37th 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.

Be Part of Musical History and see Cuba in the process!

This eight-day, seven-night trip is focused on accompanying the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to their major concert date at the Festival. In the process you will meet and get to know everyday Cuban people, go to the best and most innovative music venues, meet musicians and composers and visit artist studios. You will experience the wonderful architecture of Havana, dine at the best home restaurants (Paladares), and get to know the city and the people of Havana. You will be staying at the “Grande Dame” of Cuban hotels: The Hotel Nacional. All activities will be consistent with the US Government “People to People” General License.

It's now easier to visit Cuba!

Since President Obama liberalized “People to People” educational travel in January, Americans are allowed to travel to Cuba without much 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.

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Support Preservation Hall Foundation Delivering Instruments to Cuban Students!

Expanding on our successful “Neighborhood Horns” instrument gifting and classroom education programming, this trip enables Preservation Hall Foundation to partner with acclaimed longtime Cuban music NGO The Horns Project/Horns to Havana. While we are in Cuba we will make a donation of musical instruments to young aspiring musicians. Our collective contribution of musical instruments and instrument repair supplies will go a long way to keep music happening on the island! This partnership furthers our mission to “Protect, Preserve and Perpetuate New Orleans music and culture” by communicating the story of Preservation Hall to the Cuban people and exploring the two cities’ common Afro-Caribbean musical bond ultimately empowering our culture bearers in passing new traditions to the next generation.
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See our itinerary here!

Please hit this link to view all the activities that we will do in Cuba!

Program includes:

*Meet and greet and check in assistance at the Miami International Airport

*Round trip air MIA on a Public Charter

*US Gvt. Paperwork including “People to People” General license

*Cuban Travel Visa

*Accommodations for 1 night at Airport Doubletree Hotel Miami (night before departure)

*Accommodations for 7 nights at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba

*Breakfast every day at the hotel (7)

*4 dinners

*4 lunches

*A special gala luncheon with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

*Premiere seats at the Preservation Hall festival performance and after-concert visit with band

*Motor coach or van transportation to all events for 12 hours a day

*Full translation by professional Cuba-based guide

*Medical Insurance in Cuba

*Full Havana Jazz Festival tickets for the whole week

*City tours and visits to a variety of scenic places in Havana

*Visit to a Rum factory

*Day trip to Vinales valley countryside

*A visit to the Folklorico Nacional de Cuba

*Professional tour management in Cuba


*Tips (baggage handlers, guide, driver & restaurants)

*Airport Taxes upon departing Havana (CUC 25)

*Single room differential ($450)

*Trip Interruption Insurance

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

Trip Costs:

Land $4030.00

Air $ 545.00

Total $ 4,575.00 Double Occupancy

* If you would like a single room please add $450.00 to price

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band presents the music of New Orleans worldwide with over 100 tour dates annually, which have included performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, The Grammies, the United Nations Headquarters, and for every president from Richard Nixon through George at the White House and heads of state. The first commercial recording of the band, "Sweet Emma and her Preservation Hall Band" was made in 1964 at the historic Guthrie Theater and has been recognized by the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry as representing the "magical essence of New Orleans music." The band, in its successive forms of over 75 touring musicians, has released over 30 more LPs including the latest album "That's It!" consisting entirely of original material.

Preservation Hall Foundation

Allen and Sandra Jaffe established Preservation Hall in 1961 to preserve, perpetuate, and protect traditional New Orleans Jazz. The couple, and now their son Benjamin, have operated continuously for over 50 years the music venue, touring band, record label, and since 2011, the non-profit Preservation Hall Foundation. At Preservation Hall, the term “traditional” is taken quite literally. Our extensive education programming relies on the continual communal exchange of knowledge from the older generation to the younger. The teachers we employ are all master practitioners that play regularly at Preservation Hall. Their stories -- the way they learned music, the kind of musical community that helped to form them as artists and humans, and the role music plays in their everyday lives -- are all critical parts of the tradition and learning community that Preservation Hall perpetuates.

Cuba Tours and Travel

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

TSP# CU-077926-b. CST number 2073790-40. Fla. Seller of Travel Reg. No. ST39635

Long Beach, CA. Office

320 Pine Avenue. Suite 503

Long Beach, CA. 90802

Miami, FL. Office

10631 N. Kendall Drive

Suite 1208

Miami, Fl. 33176

Cover photograph. Our featured artist is Havana photographer Humberto Mayol