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Lincoln Center jazz troupe donates instruments to young musicians during visit to Cuba
HAVANA (AP) ' Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are in Cuba for the second time in a year, this time to distribute a planeload of instruments to promising young musicians at four Havana schools.
The Horns for Havana project has been organized by Carlos Henriquez, a composer and arranger for the New York-based troupe. It grew out of a much higher profile visit to Cuba last year that was headlined by Jazz at Lincoln Center legend Wynton Marsalis.
Hernandez says he and the other musicians on that trip were deeply affected by the talented young musicians they met. Many of the youths had broken or worn out instruments, including guitars without strings, trumpets without valves, and violins with cracked wood.