Martinez said it was an honor to be invited back to the city that reminds him of home.
"There are so many similarities between Cuba and New Orleans _ the beautiful vibe, the music there, the warm people," he said. "In New Orleans, it's about playing from the heart. It's not so much about technique. When I play there, I feel like I'm home in Havana playing for friends and family, playing for really down-to-earth people who just love the music."