Wynton Marsalis Hits Cuba for History-Making Jazz Concerts

The relaxed visa policy under President Barack Obama has cultural benefits.

Posted:
 
wyntonandchuchu
Cuban pianist Chucho Valdez and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis spent the weekend jamming with Cuban legends ahead of a concert series that will put musicians from the two Cold War enemies onstage together. The visit by Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra kicks off a season of unprecedented cultural exchange, with the American Ballet Theater scheduled to perform in Havana next month in honor of Cuban ballet legend Alicia Alonso. Marsalis had been to Cuba before, but it was the first trip for the Lincoln Center Jazz group. According to the article, Marsalis said at a press conference, "It's a great honor for us as musicians to come here to Havana because of the long tradition and the great musicians who have come from here." President Obama's more relaxed visa policy toward Cuba has musicians traveling between both places. What's better than Cuba, a country known for great jazz, hosting jazz greats from this country?

Read more at Yahoo News.

Comments
The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.
Must-See Family Attractions
July 29 2014 2:13 PM