Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival

The Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival (French: Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince), also known as PAPJAZZ,[1] is a large annual jazz festival held in Haiti, that features many well-known international jazz musicians, and emphasizes its insistence on true jazz, avoiding other forms of popular music. The event is held at various venues for eight nights.[1] It is one of the largest festivals in the world, yielding thousands of visitors per year.[2]

Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival
Location(s)Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Years active2007–present

The first year was 2007. In 2013 it featured Branford Marsalis as a headliner, with their first show in the coastal town of Jacmel. That year featured two dozen other jazz musicians from countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Spain, and Cameroon. According to Billboard, "The festival seeks to promote jazz in Haiti, increase understanding between the Haitian and American cultures, and encourage tourism."[3]

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  1. ^ a b Serwer, Jesse, ed. (25 March 2017). "Impressions: Papjazz With Gardy Girault At Haiti's Quartier Latin". LargeUp. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  2. ^ Press, ed. (20 October 2017). "Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival attracts more than 20,000 attendees at annual Jazz celebration in Haiti". Digital Journal. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Branford Marsalis Headlining Haiti Jazz Festival". Billboard. The Associated Press. January 18, 2013. Retrieved 2015-01-24.

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