Horns to Havana

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Horns to Havana

Horns to Havana: Bringing Jazz instruments - and the spirit of jazz - to students in Cuba

When members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra visited Havana earlier this year, they drew big, enthusiastic crowds. But it was the kids they encountered in the schools who most affected each of these virtuoso musicians— talented, bright, eager to learn and to play. Weeks after they had returned home, the band members were still talking about the love and respect that Cubans have for their musicians, dancers and performing artists. But they also saw gifted students without instruments, violins and guitars with broken strings, saxophones without pads and trumpets without valves. In Havana, in even the best schools, there are not nearly enough working instruments for the young people who want to learn to play.

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