Billy Joel, Stephen Stills, Kris Kristofferson, Weather Report and More (1979)
As political tensions between the United States and Cuba began to lessen in the late Seventies, American record executives Bruce Lundvall and Jerry Masucci saw an opportunity to improve cultural relations through music. With the blessing of the Cuban cultural authorities, they staged Havana Jam: a three-day festival showcasing American and Cuban acts. To represent the U.S., Lundvall and Masucci enlisted Billy Joel, Stephen Stills, husband-and-wife team Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, and Weather Report — then containing legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius, who also appeared alongside guitarist John McLaughlin and drummer Tony Williams in an ill-fated configuration billed as Trio of Doom.
The historic performances took place at Havana's Karl Marx Theater between March 2nd and 4th, 1979. Despite the altruistic vision, the festival was invite-only, and attended primarily by Cuban government officials and other members of the political elite. Two live double albums of the concert were released, and Cuban filmmaker Ernesto Juan Castellanos produced the documentary Havana Jam '79 (2009).