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Wynton Marsalis talks Cuban jazz, performing in Havana and more




Wynton Marsalis was hoping he might have some time to visit the traditionally Cuban district of Ybor City when he's in Tampa this weekend with his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

The 15-piece orchestra is in Florida this week and plays Saturday night at the Straz Center, with a program that will include quite a lot of Marsalis' own works, such as selections from the albums Congo Square, Blood on the Fields (the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize in music) and Vitoria Suite. And it's certainly conceivable that the group could fit in some Afro-Cuban jazz as well.

"There is such a strong Cuban musical connection with Jazz at Lincoln Center," Marsalis said. "There have been so many great Cuban jazz musicians, like Felix Chappottin, the trumpet player and band leader. (Pianist) Chucho Valdes was always part of our organization. When we went to Cuba, we brought a program of Afro-Cuban music, like Chico O'Farrill's Afro-Cuban Suite."

The show is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center. Tickets start at $33.50. Click here.

For more of John Fleming's interview with Wynton Marsalis, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:16pm]


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