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Faces & Names: Marsalis headlines Haiti jazz fest

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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.

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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.

The festival seeks to promote jazz in Haiti, increase understanding between the Haitian and American cultures, and encourage tourism.

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