Today Trombone Shorty returned to the United States after an epic week in Havana, Cuba with students, instructors, and staff from the Trombone Shorty Foundation & Trombone Shorty Music Academy.
The five-day cultural exchange trip, tickets for which sold out, was themed “Getting Funky in Havana,” and was sponsored by the Gia Maione Prima Foundation. The once-in-a-life opportunity included experiencing the music and culture of Havana along with New Orleans artists Tank and the Bangas, The Soul Rebels, Anders Osborne and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux. In Cuba, Shorty, the Academy and the New Orleans bands joined forces with Cuba’s musical tour-de-force Cimafunk to stage unforgettable concerts and street parades. “We brought the second line to the conga line, donated new instruments to Cuban students and broadened the horizons of my Academy kids. Está volao!” said Shorty.
“Visiting Havana for the Jazz Festival in January meant having my mind blown over and over again by the talent and spirit of Cuba’s music and people,” says Trombone Shorty Foundation Executive Director, Bill Taylor. “And it came together better than I could have ever imagined.”
For day-by-day video highlights, visit the Foundation’s Facebook page.