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Moreno puts a Latin twist on soul, jazz, and blues

Gaby Moreno was 13 when her parents gave her a birthday gift that would change the course of her life as a singer and songwriter. Traveling from their native Guatemala City, they took her to New York to see some Broadway musicals. Something unexpected happened.

“We were walking through Times Square, and I remember hearing people play music on the street, which really struck me because I had never experienced that in my city in Guatemala,” Moreno says recently.

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