Pablo Menéndez

Calle 94 #110 e/1ra y 3ra

Playa, Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba

Tél: 53-7-202-7034  



US Management:

Nina Menéndez

  1. (510)368-0294   email

Mezcla was featured in

the Smithsonian Institute's

Latin Jazz Documentary

"La Combinacion Perfecta"

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more Mezcla videos!

“Funky... Ebullient... Hot!”

(The New York Times)

...a fierce group of musical entities that must be acknowledged. [Their] sole desire is to play great music, mindful of their roots, ever looking forward and always joyful: a real “mezcla.

(Arturo O’Farrill)

..A MUST for those who are looking for some more heat from their Latin jazz.

(C. Michael Bailey,

MEZCLA direct from Cuba

“Funky... Ebullient... Hot!”  The New York Times

North American Tour 2014

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On the heels of a series of sizzling concerts on their 2013 US Summer tour including packed houses at Yoshi’s Oakland and Old Town School in Chicago, the all-star ensemble led by guitarist Pablo “Mezcla” Menéndez prepares to hit the road again in 2014 after a 6 month stretch at home where they will play a special concert celebrating the release of their brand new live concert DVD at Havana’s Jazz Plaza 2013. Mezcla’s current sound is the result of a special chemistry between Afro-Cuban babalao  priest and conga/batá drum master, Octavio Rodríguez; celebrated super-percussionist Roberto Smith "El Capitán"; veteran bass-monster Jose Hermida, multi-instrumental wizard Julio Valdés and the maestro, Pablo Menéndez on guitar and vocals.

There's a train a comin' and its whistling M-E-Z-C-L-A." 

(Jesse "Chuy" Varela, KCSM)

Hot off the Presses!

Jan 2014 release

Live Concert DVD

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Opening Night!

December 18: Cine Teatro 23 y 12, Havana


June 15: Icicle Creek, Leavenworth, MA

June 21-23: AspenJazz Festival

June 26: Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA

June 29: Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago


Oct 10 & 11: Bimhuis, Amsterdam

Oct 20: DølaJazz Festival, Norway

Oct 26: Union Scene, Drammen, Norway

Oct 27: Larvik, Norway

Oct 30: Union Hall, 3F, Copenhagen

Nov 3:  Nykøbing, Denmark


July 2:   DownTown Jazz Festival

July 4: Montreal International Jazz Festival

July 6: Cisco BluesFest Ottawa

July 9 & 10: SunFest, London Ontario

2010 US TOUR

May 23:  Sonoma Jazz Festival

May 24:  Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz

May 27:  Yoshi's Oakland

June 1 & 2: Jazz Alley, Seattle

June 17: Rochester Jazz Festival

June 19: Luminato Festival of Arts, Toronto


Under the direction of guitarist Pablo Menendez, Mezcla has been a part of the sound-track of the Cuban music scene for the past thirty years. When at home in Cuba they perform regularly at Havana's premier jazz club La Zorra y el Cuervo and at the annual Havana Jazz Festival (Jazz Plaza). Mezcla's music is a genuine celebration of the culture and musical roots of the Pearl of the Antilles. A ray of Havana sunshine that inspired Carlos Santana to call them “the cleanest, freshest water I have ever tasted!" Their latest CD, “I'll See You in C-U-B-A,” (ZOHO), was nominated for the Best of Latin Jazz Awards 2010 as were several of the group's soloists, and their CD "Akimba!," was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2002. Mezcla brings together several veteran masters with some the best of young players on the scene today.

“I'll See You in


(ZOHO, 2010)

Now Available!  

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I'll See You in Cuba is an extraordinary celebration of Cuba's dance and song. It is a fiercely vivid account of a culture infused with the most electrifying elements of Afro-Caribbean heritage.”  (Raul D’Gama Rose,