group’s composer and arranger, Carlos Henriquez, said that he
organized these donations after a first trip to Cuba in 2010,
when they realized that, at several of the capital’s schools,
students practiced with broken or worn out instruments: some
guitars lacked strings, trumpets had no valves and the wood of
violins looked cracked, the Cubadebate Web site reported
later, members of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra returned to
the Caribbean island with an aircraft full of instruments and on
Wednesday they began to carry out the donations at four schools
in the capital, among them the Guillermo Tomas School’s
traveled to Havana with a group of musicians and luthiers who
will give classes at workshops and will help to repair the Cuban
students’ instruments during their four-day stay.
musicians donated instruments for four complete acoustic jazz
orchestras, consisting of 24 new instruments each, all of them
made in New York, thought to be worth approximately a quarter of
a million dollars.
of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra is part of the latest
cultural exchanges taking place between Cuba and the United
States, favored by the relaxation of trips to the island that
began with President Barack Obama’s assumption of office.