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At the Cuban restaurant La Churreria in Union City, Pedrito Martinez is probably the only regular who would be recognized by rock stars like Eric Clapton and Derek Trucks. He may also be the only regular at the place - a known gathering spot for local musicians - who was nominated for a Grammy. But he is not, he is quick to point out, the only talented Cuban musician at La Churreria. "When you go there, you see the best of Cuba - singers, musicians," Mr. Martinez said recently from his living room, a few blocks from the restaurant. "We get together there, just meet by accident, and they tell me how they're struggling to survive in music, how there's no gigs for them. It's sad."

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