Welcome to the 14th edition of the Panama Jazz Festival: a cultural project where creativity, sharing, talent and inspiration have made this event an international reference. This year, the festival is proud to honor the contributions of singer Violeta Green. From January 10 to January 14, 2017, our city becomes the world stage for Jazz thanks to the support from the local government, private companies, NGOs and the inestimable passion and loyalty of the local and international audience. For 14 years, the festival has reiterated its commitment to Panama`s, culture, society, tourism, economy and education. The festival is the most important annual event for the Danilo Perez Foundation which positively transforms society through music by tirelessly working with the new generations throughout the year. I invite you to celebrate with music to create a rhythm that inspires peace and brotherhood.
The Danilo Pérez Foundation was established in 2005, but the work and the spirit that personifies its mission goes back 25 years ago when the pianist Danilo Pérez started to develop musical programs for education in Panama and the rest of the world.
The base of the foundation’s work is music education, and in more general terms, human development. Its purpose is to provide opportunities so that youngsters can develop their maximum potential to lead a productive life.
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“Seven collaborative and five solo albums into her career at 31, Esperanza Spalding has always resolutely, intuitively, deftly expanded upon both her art and herself as a world-renowned genre- bending composer, bassist and vocalist. Spalding’s work, grounded in jazz traditions but never bound by them, has won her four Grammy awards and brought her onstage at the Oscars, the Nobel Prize Ceremony, the White House, and with Prince and Herbie Hancock. Not only does she know who she is, we know who she is…”
Children of the light
Terri Lyne Carrington
GRAMMY® award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington was born in 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts. After an extensive touring career of over 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves and more, she returned to her hometown where she was appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music. Terri Lyne also received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 2003.
Bill Dobbins is professor of jazz studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he teaches the jazz composing and arranging courses and directs the award winning Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Eastman Studio Orchestra. As a pianist, he has performed with orchestra and chamber ensembles under the direction of Louis Lane, Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss and Frederick Fennell, and he has performed and recorded with such jazz artists as Clark Terry, Al Cohn, Red Mitchell, Phil Woods, Bill Goodwin, Gary Foster, Dave Liebman, John Goldsby and Peter Erskine. He joined the Eastman faculty in 1973, and was instrumental in designing both the graduate and undergraduate curricula for Eastman’s Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media program. Many of his students have been heard in the big bands of Count Basie, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Chuck Mangione, Maria Schneider, and Bob Brookmeyer’s New Art Orchestra.
From 1994 through 2002 Mr. Dobbins was principal director of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany, and he headed the jazz studies department at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne from 1998 to 2002. Concert, radio, television and tour projects under his direction with the WDR Big Band included internationally acclaimed soloists Clark Terry, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Gary Bartz, Kevin Mahogany, Art Farmer, Steve Lacy, Paquito D’Rivera, Mark Feldman, Gary Foster, Claire Fischer, Peter Erskine, Nicolas Simion and the Kings Singers. As guest director, he continues to write and direct projects for the WDR Big Band, the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.
Advance Music, Mainz, publishes Mr. Dobbins’ compositions and arrangements for big band, chamber music combinations and solo piano. Jazz education programs worldwide have adopted his volumes of transcriptions of classic jazz piano solos and jazz textbooks for use in their courses.
John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet
Brian Blade -part of John Patituci Electric Guitar Quartet
Brian Blade is an American jazz drummer, composer, session musician, and singer-songwriter. Blade was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. The first music he experienced was gospel and songs of praise at the Zion Baptist Church. Inspired by his older brother, Brady Blade, Jr., who had been the drummer at Zion Baptist Church, Brian shifted his focus to the drums throughout middle and high school.
In 1997, Blade formed The Fellowship Band. While continuing to work with the Fellowship Band, Blade has been a member of Wayne Shorter’s quartet since 2000. He has recorded with Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell, Ellis Marsalis, Marianne Faithfull, Emmylou Harris, Billy Childs, Herbie Hancock, Dorothy Scott and Bob Dylan.
Steve Cárdenas – part of John Patituci Electric Guitar Quartet
Founded in 1967 in the port of Almirante, Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Los Beachers are the most representative band of calypso and the Panamanian tropical rhythms.
Roni Ettan Quartet
Lefteris Kordis Quartet
Pianist, composer, and Inner Circle Music and Creative Nation Music recording artist Lefteris Kordis was born in Athens, Greece. Lefteris has appeared in major venues such as the Megaron of Music of Athens, Greece, Jordan Hall in Boston, Tsai Performance Center at Boston University, the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, WI, the Cornelia Street Café in NYC, the Shapeshifter Lab in NYC, the UMO Jazz Club in Helsinki, Finland…
Lefteris serves as an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music at the Ear Training Dept. and the prestigious Global Jazz Institute. He also teaches improvisation, composition, and theory privately at his home studio in Brookline.
Bosquejo en Riesgo
Bosquejo en Riesgo is a musical project integrated by costarican Maria Amalia Quesada, in the voice and José Arturo Soto, in the Piano. This group, which currently radicates in the city of Boston, United States, portraits in its music all the background of its intercultural experience through the experimentation and improvisation in diverse kinds of music like Regional Costarican music, camera music, Latinamerican Folk music and jazz among others. The group also represents the frontiers’ expansion; therefore, it seeks a musical approach towards different audiences through original compositions and authentic arrangements of themes of the imaginary costarican and latinamerican. Bosquejo en Riesgo currently works on its new project with participation of costarican musicians Leonardo Arguello in the Double Bass and electric Bass, José Maria Piedra, in the vibraphone and percussion and Juan Soto in the drums.
Joshue Ashby & C3 Project
Winner of Presidential Scholarship of the Panama Jazz Festival, earned his degree in Music with specialization in violin at Berklee College of Music , Boston MA , USA .
Retro Jazz is a Dominican musical group whose repertoire consists of Dominican songs, as well as interpreted versions of jazz, bossa, latin jazz and funk. Combining the beauty and elegance of the most popular Dominican songs with harmonic depth of jazz, the sensuality of bossa and the energy and spontaneity of improvisation.
Berklee Global Jazz Institute
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director.
The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.
New England Conservatory
Since New England Conservatory’s founding in 1867, the school and its musicians have played a major role in the musical life of Boston, the nation, and the world.
A cultural icon approaching its 150th anniversary in 2017, New England Conservatory (NEC) is recognized worldwide as a leader among music schools. Located in Boston, NEC offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate music students from around the world.
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is a nonprofit education organization established in 1986. Its mission is to offer the world’s most promising young musicians college level training by internationally acclaimed jazz masters and to present public school music education programs for young people around the world. The Institute preserves, perpetuates and expands jazz as a global art form, and utilizes jazz as a means to unite people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. All of the Institute’s programs are provided free of charge to students, schools and communities worldwide. The Institute’s programs help fill a tremendous void in arts education left by budget cuts in public school funding, and use jazz as the medium to encourage imaginative thinking, creativity, a positive self-image, and a respect for one’s own and others’ cultural heritage.
New York Jazz Academy
Panamanian Guitar player graduated from the Diversified Arts Baccalaureate. Officially starts his music career studying Jazz Guitar in “Emu-Educación Musical” in La Plata, Argentina.
He has presented his music and others’ in different parts of the world, such as New York, Boston, Brasil, France, Austria and Panama. He will soon start his last year of studies in Berklee College of Music.
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Ciudad de Panamá, República de Panamá.
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