Marsalis arrived in the impoverished Caribbean nation Friday to perform several shows at the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival.
The first show for the Branford Marsalis Quartet was Friday night in the coastal town of Jacmel. The second show will be Saturday in Port-au-Prince at a concert venue that was once a sugarcane plantation.
Marsalis will also perform a private show Tuesday at the residence of U.S. Ambassador Pamela White.
“It’s really cool to be here,” Marsalis, 52, said by telephone from an oceanfront hotel in Jacmel. “The people are beautiful to me.”
The annual festival, now in its seventh year, runs from Friday through Jan. 26. More than two dozen jazz musicians are coming from Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Cameroon and elsewhere.
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