New Orleans Jazz Procession Fountain. Photo © legacy1995/123rf.

The Evolution of Jazz and Blues in New Orleans

While New Orleans is known for its fine art galleries and historical architecture, its biggest artistic claim to fame is indeed its music. This city is one of the world’s most dynamic live-music scenes. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, blues music has its origins just upriver, and it was here in the 1950s that they mixed together to form rhythm and blues.

Jazz cafe in Havana. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Havana’s Jazz Scene

Havana’s jazz scene is hopping with plenty of prime nightlife and supper club acts as well as matinee and afternoon performances. Here’s where to go for the local greats and young up-and-comers.

A couple dances a salsa in a neon-lit bar.

Medellín Nightlife

Medellín nightlife is truly hopping, and whatever your scene–salsa or jazz, grungy or cool, dress to impress or comfy casual–you’ll probably find it here. For whatever night out you can imagine in Medellín, this is where to go.

Electronica band Volta plays at Armando Records.

Nightlife in Bogotá

The capital city is also Colombia’s nightlife capital. From pub terraces to relaxed and groovy club scenes to LGBT nightspots, here’s where to go for nightlife in Bogotá.

A jazz musician plays saxophone in Restaurant Tocororo in Havana, Cuba.

Best Music Venues in Havana

Music and dance are the pulsing undercurrent of Cuban life. Spanning the spectrum from traditional son to high culture, here are key venues and experiences not to miss in Havana.

A colorful chalk board advertises the brews on tap in a vendor stall.

Summer Festivals in Montréal

There are many festivals that take place during the summer in Montréal. From Fantasia Film Festival to Heavy MTL, learn more about the exciting events in and around the city.

A dragon boat filled with oarsmen wearing Viking helmets.

Summer Festivals in Vancouver

There are many festivals that take place during the summer in Vancouver. From Bard on the Beach to the Steveston Salmon Festival, learn more about the exciting events in and around the city.