The event, which will last until January 21, includes educational and academic activities in addition to the traditional concert program.
The festival, the most successful nationally, has been the platform to tell the stories of great Panamanian artists, Pérez said, naming names like Luis Russell, Sonny White and Erick Dolphy.
Saving historical memory was another major contribution of the festival, but perhaps the greatest milestone of this annual gathering is that it has become a great pool of talent and this edition stands out for its female participation.
In addition to Catherine Russell, daughter of Luis Ruiell, performers such as Erika Ender and Judith Lorick and instrumentalists such as Farayi Malek and her quartet, Nadia Washington and her quartet, Lihi Haruvi Luz Acosta and her quartet and the premiere of Las Hijas del Jazz Big will be present , Band, he hinted.
The festival is sponsored by the Danilo Pérez Foundation, the Ministry of Culture, the City of Knowledge and the City Hall.
The meeting reaffirmed its commitment to the instructional component through workshops that will share stages at the City of Knowledge, Anayansi Theater and Casco Antiguo; and to conclude, the concert by the Puerto Rican salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa is expected.
The artistic line-up includes Cuban pianist and composer Jesús (Chucho) Valdés; Catherine Russell, daughter of Panamanian jazz pioneer Luis Russell; Children Of The Light, a trio carrying Wayne Shorter’s legacy consisting of bassist John Patitucci, drummer Brian Blade and maestro Danilo Pérez; and Panamanian composer and pop star Erika Ender.
As every year, the Panama Jazz Festival is sponsored by highly respected educational institutions such as the Berklee College of Music and its Berklee Global Jazz Institute; including the New England Conservatory with its jazz and classical programs, the New York Jazz Academy and the Santiago de Chile Conservatory.
In this version also the XI. Latin American Music Therapy Symposium held, as well as the VI. Symposium on artistic and cultural expressions of Afro descendants in Panama dedicated to the bolero.
As part of the event, the VII Conference on Home Education, the II Symposium on Music and Culture of the Original Peoples of Panama and the First International Symposium: Panama and the Caribbean in the History of Jazz will be held simultaneously with the concerts. .