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Slow jam the news with President Obama (Video)

Slow jam the news with President Obama (Video)

Jimmy Fallon and President Obama slow jam the news, discussing Obama’s legacy, accomplishments and thoughts on the 2016 election.

Chucho visits the White House

Chucho visits the White House

Cuban jazz legend Chucho Valdés played the White House for President Barack Obama and wife, Michelle, and their guests. (Photo from Cuban Ambassador José Ramón Cabañas’ Twitter account.) *** Chucho Valdés tribute to Irakere at the 2015 Jazz at Marciac:

The Cuban jazz temple

The Cuban jazz temple

As in the olden days, when jazz was played in the New Orleans underworld, in a centrally located basement named La Zorra y el Cuervo (The Fox and the Crow) on 23rd Street in Havana’s Vedado neighborhood, music emerges at dawn.

Equine force

Equine force

El Caney, Cuba.

Just windows

Just windows

Havana, Cuba.

Playing in the neighborhood 

Playing in the neighborhood 

This island phenomenon is popularly known in Cuba as “mataperrear”, loosely translated as hanging out and making up games.

Santiago at night

Santiago at night

Santiago de Cuba is one of those cities that saves its best for the night as if when seen in daylight it is not enough, as if the parallel world of the city were after sunset.

Sugar cane juice 

Sugar cane juice 

To mitigate the Cuban heat there is nothing like a juice-grinding machine known as a guarapera and enjoying a cold jug of cane juice with bits of crushed ice.

Return to Caletones 

Return to Caletones 

Later, fascinated by the place that owes its name to the number of sea grape plants that grow in the area, film director Humberto Solas immortalized the site in the third part of the film Lucía, a classic of Cuban cinema.

A few words and five faces

A few words and five faces

Then one day that seemed ordinary, if not for the presence of a miraculous saint, we woke up repeating it in the past tense, by word of mouth, the words so often heard and read. “They’ve returned!” The Five came back. Sounds strange, but it is a reality.

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