Norman Brown. 12th Annual PAP Jazz Festival.

A seaside beach resort in a country typically categorized by its poverty is the last place one would expect the closing event for an international jazz festival. Makeshift VIP sections with wicker furniture were roped off to the front of the stage, while early comers sat behind them in seats sinking in the sand. While Decameron Indigo Beach Resort and Spa—the former Club Med under Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier—is known for its expansive property, the shore where the closing event for the Port-Au-Prince International Jazz Festival was held seemed particularly small that night as hundreds of people situated themselves along the beach.

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