The Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival (PAPJAZZ) is held each January since 2007, is a non-profit event, features an unprecedented cultural assembly to a local and international audience and is one of the best examples of a successful partnership with 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 a 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 as the marketing and communications for the event.
THE PAPJAZZ FESTIVAL IS :
- 8 days of music
- Jazz from all over the world
- 42 concerts (29 free concerts)
- 12 venues
- 8 after-hours
- 18 artists from Haiti and the diaspora
- 16 guest countries
- 15 free workshops and conferences
- Over 20,000 festival goers
The following artists are a few of those who year after year have performed at the PAPJAZZ : Branford Marsalis, Norman Brown, Kenny Garrett, Sandra N’kake, Tony Chasseur & Ronald Tulle, Didier Lockwood, Mino Cinelu, Danilo Perez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Beethova Obas, Emeline Michel, Leila Pinheiro, Michael Brun, Etienne Charles, Meddy Gerville, Oliver Jones, Omar Sosa, Tabou Combo, Chano Domiguez, Jean Caze, Richard Payne, The Yellow Jackets, Ranee Lee, Bwa Kore, The Soul Rebels, Lionel Loueke, Mikaben, Mario Canonge, Pauline Jean, Richard Bona, Laurent De Wilde, Yilian Canizares, Kelly Lee Evans, Terence Blanchard, Cecile Mc Lorin Salvant, Joss Stone.