11th Annual Panama Jazz Festival Led by Artistic Director Danilo Pe?rez Announces 2014 Lineup

Festival Dates: January 13-18, 2014

Festival Honors 500th Anniversary of the Rediscovery of the Pacific Ocean and 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal

Uniting internationally acclaimed jazz artists, renowned educators and jazz fans from around the globe, the 11th Annual Panama Jazz Festival will be held January 13-18, 2014 at The City of Knowledge in Panama City. The festival honors the 500th Anniversary of the re-discovery of the Pacific Ocean, as well as the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal.

Among the headliners for this year’s festival is founder and Artistic Director Danilo Pe?rez and his recently assembled Panama 500 band, featuring violinist Alex Hargreaves, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Adam Cruz and percussionist Roman Diaz. The group will perform music from the pianist’s forthcoming album, Panama 500 (February 4, Mack Avenue Records).

“Balboa’s re-discovery of the Pacific Ocean and the construction of the Panama Canal have had a tremendous importance in the world because they created and connected the new great sea route between America, Europe and Asia,” explains Pe?rez. “Panama has become a path of adventure that unites the world and it makes great sense to celebrate it with Jazz. The history of Panama is connected with globalization like no other country and this is why we want to celebrate Panama’s unique contributions to the world through jazz music.”

Additional headliners include vocalist Lizz Wright, the Kenny Garrett Quintet, jazz fusion collectiveHBC Trio (guitarist Scott Henderson, bassist Jeff Berlin and drummer Dennis Chambers), Peruvian drummer Jorge Pe?rez with special guest saxophonist George Garzone, vocalist Nedelka Prescod, guitarist Shea Welsh, vocalist Michelle Coltrane (daughter of John Coltrane), and pianist Kevin Harris.

Larger ensemble performances include Puerto Rican percussionist Eguie Castrillo with the Panama Jazz Festival Latin Band and special guest vocalist Wichy Camacho, along with the John Patitucci Latin Jazz Project in collaboration with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Four national bands will be featured at this year’s festival: Osvaldo Ayala Transismico Project, Luci and The Soul Brokers, Sen?or Loop and The Danilo Pe?rez Foundation Band.

Furthermore, the festival will host The 2nd Latin American Music Therapy Symposium, bringing music therapists from the Chile, Argentina, Panama, Venezuela, Costa Rica (among other Latin American countries) and the United States together to present on the therapeutic effects of music.

Since its inception in 2003, the Panama Jazz Festival has attracted over 200,000 jazz fans worldwide and has announced over three million dollars in international scholarships. Last year, the festival welcomed 1,700 students from around the world who participated in the educational events. This year, the festival continues its commitment to education by hosting the Golandsky Institute, a not- for-profit organization based in New York. They will offer master classes for jazz and classical pianists as well as other instrumentalists, emphasizing the application of the Taubman approach to build technical ease and to explore musical interpretation. This approach has proven to be highly effective in the resolution of technical and artistic limitations, as well as in curing and preventing repetitive stress injuries in musicians.

Other participating educational institutions include Boston-based schools, Berklee College of Musicand the New England Conservatory, which will both be holding auditions for admission and scholarships. The Berklee Global Jazz Institute will hold master classes, perform social work with Panamanian youth and perform in various settings throughout the festival. The school will also start a program where students will earn one college performance credit to Berklee. In addition to these various universities, Crossroads High School (Los Angeles) will be participating in this year’s events.

“In the past 10 years, the festival has provided scholarships for admissions to various universities around the world. These scholarships have often gone to youth from poverty-stricken neighborhoods.”

Pe?rez concludes, “with the diversity and quality of artists that we bring to Panama, our first commitment has always been to showcase the best of what jazz can offer.”

About Danilo Pe?rez
Pianist, composer, educator and social activist, Danilo Pe?rez is among the most influential and

dynamic musicians of our time.

Born in Panama in 1965, Pe?rez started his musical studies when he was three years old with his father, a bandleader and singer. By age 10, he was studying the European classical piano repertoire at the National Conservatory in Panama. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in electronics in Panama, he studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. From 1985-88, while still a student, he performed with Jon Hendricks, Terence Blanchard, Claudio Roditi and Paquito D’Rivera. Quickly established as a young master, he soon toured and/or recorded with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie (with the trumpeter’s United Nations Orchestra, 1989-1992), Wayne Shorter, Steve Lacy, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, John Patitucci, Tom Harrell, Gary Burton, and Roy Haynes.

In 1993, Pe?rez turned his focus to his own ensembles and recording projects, releasing eight albums as a leader, earning Grammy® and Latin Grammy® nominations for Central Avenue
(1989), Motherland (2000) and Across The Crystal Sea (2008). Additionally, Pe?rez releasedProvidencia, his debut for Mack Avenue Records, in August of 2010. The album was also nominated for a 2011 Grammy® Award in the category of “Best Instrumental Jazz Album.”

Pe?rez, who served as Cultural Ambassador to the Republic of Panama and Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF, has received a variety of awards for his musical achievements, activism and social work efforts. He currently serves as UNESCO Artist for Peace, Founder and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival, and Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston’s Berklee

College of Music. His latest album, Panama 500 (Mack Avenue Records) is scheduled for release on February 4, 2014.

The 2014 Panama Jazz Festival is sponsored by:
Autoridad del Turismo de Panama (Turism Authority of Panama)

Instituto Nacional de Cultura (National Institute of Culture)

Ciudad del Saber (City of Knowledge)
As well as: Alcaldia de Panama, Telefonica Mas Movil, Copa Airlines,

Alamo Rent A Car, La Nota, Revista Escapes, Heineken, Revista Lobby, The Visitor, La Prensa Mi Diario, SerTV, GECU and American Trade Hotel

For more information on the Panama Jazz Festival,

visit: panamajazzfestival.com


Tickets for the Panama Jazz Festival are available online at tuboleto.com


Lunes, Enero 13

Centro Convenciones – Auditorio, Ciudad Del Saber
4-5pm Bannaba Project
5-6pm Berklee Global Jazz Institute

Ateneo, Ciudad Del Saber
8-9pm Oscar Cruz Ensemble
9:15-10:15pm Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin, Dennis Chambers HBC Trió


Martes, Enero 14

Centro Convenciones – Auditorio, Ciudad Del Saber

4-5pm Trio de Graciela Nuñez

5-6pm Ensemble de Gospel de Fundación Danilo Pérez dirijido por Nedelka Prescod

Ateneo, Ciudad Del Saber

8-9pm The Pisco Trió: George Garzone, Ehud Ettud, Jorge Perez Albela

9-10pm Sr. Loop

Miércoles, Enero 15

Centro Convenciones – Auditorio, Ciudad Del Saber
4-5pm C3 String Quartet
5-6pm New England Conservatory

Ateneo, Ciudad Del Saber
8-9pm Nedelka Prescod e Invitados
9-10pm Kenny Garret Quartet

Jueves, Enero 16

Centro Convenciones – Auditorio, Ciudad Del Saber
4-5pm Crossroads High School
5-6pm Anita Loynaz Candela Candela

Ateneo, Ciudad Del Saber
8-9pm John Patitucci Latin Project con el Berklee Global Jazz Institute
9-10 pm Osvaldo Ayala Transístmico Project

Viernes, Enero 17

Edificio 105, Salon 301, Ciudad Del Saber

Concierto Final Programa Berklee Global Jazz Institute con Credito (Concierto Gratis)

Edificio 105, Salon 203, Ciudad Del Saber

Concierto Final Coro de Gospel dirijido por Kevin Harris (Concierto Gratis)

Ateneo, Ciudad Del Saber

7-8pm Shea Welsh & Michelle Coltrane
8-9pm Lizz Wright

Cuadrángulo Central, Ciudad Del Saber
9-10 Danilo Pérez Panama 500
10-11pm Eguie Castrillo y la Orquesta del Panama Jazz Festival con invitado especial Wichy Camacho

Sábado, Enero 18

Cuadrángulo Central, Ciudad Del Saber

Conciertos de jazz al aire libre de 1-8pm



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