From March 18 through 25, Dartmouth College’s Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble experienced one of Cuba’s greatest contributions to world culture, its music. Accompanied by guest artists Gregorio Uribe and William Rodriguez, Coast Director Don Glasgo and 23 undergraduate Coast members plus staff and friends toured the cities of Havana and Matanzas, performing six times. Four of those performances were “cultural exchanges” in which Cuban ensembles performed for the Coast, and vice versa. Three of those exchanges were with students from conservatories in Havana and Matanzas, while the fourth involved nine outstanding professional female musicians in Las Canelas in Havana. The Coast’s two other performances were at the Matanzas hotel in which the Coast stayed and for a party March 19 in Havana for a small group of Hopkins Center supporters on a Hop-led Cuba trip. While in Matanzas, the group was also fortunate enough to witness a private performance by Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, world famous for their outstanding interpretations of Afro-Cuban rumba and folkloric dance.
As luck would have it, the Coast’s trip overlapped with President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. An NBC news team covering that trip included a clip of a Coast performance as well as interviews with Glasgo and Barbary Coast member Michael Fraunberger, Dartmouth class of 2019, in a segment aired March 20 on NBC News Sunday.
Enjoy a sample of the sights in these photos by Hannah O’Flynn ’15, who played with the Coast as a Dartmouth student and served as staff photographer. And don’t miss the Coast’s last Hop concert for the year on Thursday, May 19!