and Gothamjazz Productions present Cuba: Island of Music

Cuba: Island of Music made its Gothamjazz Productions debut on June 12, 2003 with a one-time only screening at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. A near-capacity crowd of over 600 attended the evening, which also featured a live performance by the Chico-OFarrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band.

The film is a behind-the-scenes look at Afro-Cuban musics role in the daily life of Cubans. Gary Keys (Memories of Duke and Dizzys Dream Band) brings the audience into the heart and soul of Havana, through a vibrant mosaic of street musicians, big bands, dancers, religious rituals, and classic cars. Keys shows us Afro-Cuban music in New York City, with the music and commentary of jazz legends Billy Taylor, Candido Camero, and Chico OFarrill.

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DVD Bonus Footage

The interactive menu of the DVD allows the viewer to browse previously unreleased bonus footage. This additional footage includes scenes of the Billy Taylor Trio with Candido playing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Orquesta Aragon live in Havana, and a Havana son band. Also included in these outtakes are conversations between Keys and Taylor, where the two discuss Dizzy Gillespie (the Latin-tinge) and the connection between music and gospel. In additional to musical interviews, the DVD also features cultural discussions between Keys and a Yoruba priest.