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Thursday January 25, 2018

From New York Times

Visa Troubles Aside, Jazz Flows Freely at a Cuban Festival
By: Lauren Du Graf

“Being here is like heaven,” the composer and musician David Amram said after watching the singer Daymé Arocena light up the crowd at the Casa de la Cultura here on Friday. “Like getting a second chance at life, and most people don’t even get a first chance.”

Mr. Amram, who first visited Cuba in 1977, returned last week for the 33rd International Jazz Plaza Festival, a six-day event that drew Cuban jazz veterans like Chucho Valdés and the Orquesta Aragón, as well as rising stars like Ms. Arocena and Yissy García.

“My being here is my way of saying, yes, Cuba, yes, you all amazing musicians, I stand with you,” American musician Dee Dee Bridgewater said at a news conference, raising her fist in solidarity. “I am your sister in music and that is all I care about.”

Read more about the 33rd International Jazz Plaza Festival here