Branford Marsalis headlines jazz festival in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Saxophone legend Branford Marsalis is headlining a jazz festival in Haiti.

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 will be 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.

The seventh annual festival runs from Friday through Jan. 26. More than two dozen jazz musicians are coming from Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Cameroon and elsewhere.

Marsalis' trip was organized by the U.S. Embassy.

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