The Jazz Society Café is the performance venue of The Jazz Society of Ecuador in Cuenca, Ecuador. Located on the 2nd floor (upstairs) of La Viña Italian Restaurant, 5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jarmillo. La Viña provides the food & beverages with the same menu & prices as downstairs, and has a reputation for serving authentic Italian cuisine as the owner/chef is from Italy.
Days & Hours: The Café is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 6:30pm to 10pm. The JAZZ begins at 7:30pm.
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The Jazz Society of Ecuador is a volunteer society of musicians, music teachers, and jazz enthusiasts whose purpose is to present live jazz performances throughout Ecuador. Currently, there are over 1,800 active members, 780 of whom reside in Cuenca.
During the past three years, The Jazz Society of Ecuador provided Cuenca, Guayaquil, & Quito with over 500 live jazz performances, and has presented, promoted, and compensated over 60 Ecuadorian musicians. The JSE also provides free musical instruction in the art of improvisation to Ecuadorian music students, financial assistance to those in need to purchase musical instruments, and compensation to those who perform at our live events.
The Jazz Society of Ecuador was founded by New York jazz pianist Jim Gala. Managing Directors: Jim Gala, Yari Correa, John Cain, & Katie Catinella, (Cuenca), Walt Szymanski (Quito), Francisco Echeverría (Guayaquil) Artist-in-Residence: Su Terry.
Honorary Directors: (Prominent jazz musicians who have publicly endorsed The Jazz Society of Ecuador) Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Ron Carter, Charles Lloyd, Eddie Gomez, Charles McPhearson, John Patitucci, Joe La Barbara, Chuck Israels
Mission Statement: “To add jazz to the cultural assets of Ecuador, to educate and nurture aspiring Ecuadorian musicians in the art of improvisation, to create a venue for them to perform before a live audience, to promote jazz events and festivals throughout Ecuador, and to welcome musicians from other countries to participate in our mission while enjoying the unique beauty and charm of Ecuador.”