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Jazz Caliente: Remembering Cuba, again

"Conversation" sculpture, Plaza de San Francisco, Havana, Cuba
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"Conversation" sculpture, Plaza de San Francisco, Havana, Cuba

This week, the Trump administration brought back drastic restrictions on travel to Cuba. Setting aside the political, economic and philosophical debates, here's a baker's dozen of fond memories from my trip to Cuba in 2013 with a delightful group of KNKX listeners.

For now, travel from the U.S. to Cuba is still possible, but more complicated. The most likely effect of the new restrictions will be to reduce tourism, and that directly affects the livelihood of many Cuban artists and musicians. 

Recent changes to the visa application process also have made it more difficult for Cuban musicians to come to the U.S. to perform.

You can still get your Cuban jazz connection on Saturday's Jazz Caliente.

Street parade, Havana
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A street parade in Havana.

El Manisero (peanut vendor) and helper, Plaza de San Francisco, Havana
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El Manisero (peanut vendor) and helper, Plaza de San Francisco, Havana.

Mural wall featuring Beny Moré, La Taberna, Havana
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Mural wall featuring Beny Moré, La Taberna, Havana

Band, La Taverna, Havana
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Band, La Taverna, Havana

Oscar Valdes band at Jazz Cafe, Havana
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Oscar Valdés band at Jazz Cafe, Havana

Dachshund stylin' on his stroll, Havana
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Dachshund stylin' on his stroll, Havana

Fearsome student art at the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana
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Fearsome student art at the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana

Street art sale, Havana
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Street art sale, Havana

Vintage car in purple, Havana
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Vintage car in purple, Havana

Tour director Matthew Brumley and friends sing "Guantanamera"
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Tour director Matthew Brumley and friends sing "Guantanamera"

Sacred bells and drums, some from the 1800's, Matanzas, Cuba
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Sacred bells and drums, some from the 1800's, Matanzas, Cuba

Las Terrazas, in the Sierra del Rosario mountains, Cuba
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Las Terrazas, in the Sierra del Rosario mountains, Cuba

Oshun dancers at Castillo de San Severino, Matanzas, Cuba
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Oshun dancers at Castillo de San Severino, Matanzas, Cuba

Jazz Caliente airs Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.  The show is hosted by Robin Lloyd and produced by KNKX Public Radio.

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.
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