Thursday, December 13, 2018

Save the Date Jazz Lovers - PapJazz Festival Haiti 2019

A world-wide experience awaits lovers of jazz 

Jazz Musicians from around the globe will perform next month at the annual PopJazz Fest. 

Some of the represented countries include Spain, France, Switzerland, USA, Israel, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Chile, Congo, 18 artists from Haiti, along with numermous artists from the Caribbean region.  

PapJazz 2019 Schedule:

- (8) days of Music at 12 Venues 
- 49 Concerts - 38 are FREE!
- (8) After Hours Venues
- 15 Free Workshops & Conferences   

Barbra Lica, listed among top 5 best jazz singers in Canada (pictured left)
Photo Credit: Canadian Beats

The non-profit Haiti Jazz Foundation was founded in 2007 to preserve Haiti’s musical heritage, provide access to continued professional music education in Haiti, promotion of kreyòl jazz in Haiti and abroad, along with booking the world's best jazz performers each year. 

The foundation has also been instramental in rebranding Haiti's image as a tourism destination by partnering with travel agencies and island hotel chains offering discounted travel packages and tours. 

Phyllisia Ross (pictured right)
Photo credit: IslandBoi Photography

American Grammy Award Winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis, Canadian Juno-Award Singer Molly Johnson, and Grammy Award-winning Afro-Cuban jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba are artists who have performed in past festival events.  

Here's just a few of the global artist scheduled to perform in 2019:

  • Antonio Serrano (Spain) Harmonist - Spanish Jazz and Flamenco 
  • Terence Blanchard & The E-Collective (USA) 5 Time Grammy Award winner
  • Barbra Lica Quintet (Canada) Jazz Singer & Author
  • Yogev Shetrit Trio (Israel) Professional Drummer/Composer 
  • Alex Mercado (Mexico) Pianist
  • Emile Parisien Quartet (France) Saxophonist/Jazz Composer
  • Óscar Pizarro Quartet (Chile) Pianist/Keyboardist/ Composer 
  • Frank Salis meets Michael Watson (Switzerland) Organist/Composer - Michael Watson, Trombonist/American singer who is part of the new wave of musicians of New Orleans.
  • Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr (Germany) Trumpet & Piano
  • Ray Lema & Laurent de Wilde (Congo/France) Jazz Pianists

Cecile McLorin Salvant (pictured right)
Grammy Award 2016 - Best Jazz Vocal Album 
Photo Credit:

Artists from Haiti and the Caribbean Region:

  • Sonny Troupe Quartet "Add 2" (Guadeloupe) Fusion Gwo Ka and Jazz, Kreyol Jazz
  • Denis Lapassion (Guyana) featuring Etienne M'Bappé French Pianist/Composer/Arranger 
  • Paul Beaubrun (Haiti/USA) Haitian Singer/Arranger/Multi-instrumentalist
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant (Haiti/France/USA) Jazz Vocalist 
  • Phyllisia Ross (Haiti/USA) Singer/Songwriter/Composer/Piano and Keyboards 
  • BIC (Haiti) Songwriter, Rapper-Slammer - wordplay with Haitian Creole language
  • SMS Kreyol (Haiti) Jazz of all generations - fusion of jazz/folklore
  • Akoustik (Haiti) Jazz, Rock, Blues, Konpa, Reggae, Rasin
Email : - Phone : (509) 3101-0003

You can also check with Haitian Nomad on available travel packages for the jazz festival

Happy Travels,

More about the foundation
The Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, a non-profit event, features an unprecedented cultural assembly to a local and international audience.

This is one of the best example of successful partnership between the international community via embassies of Belgium, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Spain, Switzerland and the United States of America, the public sector through Haitian Ministry of Culture and Tourism and local private institutions and sponsors such as Prestige (Heineken), Rhum Barbancourt, Sogebank, Mercedes-Benz, Air France and Delta.

The Haiti Jazz Foundation manages the steering organization committee (Embassies, ministries, private sector representatives) in order to administrate the logistics for the bands, scheduling and booking of concerts and venues, as well a marketing and communications for the event.

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