Musical extravaganza at the Panama Jazz Festival

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The Panama Jazz Festival has become the largest cultural event of the region, with an ample academic and musical offering. Artists and audiences from all over the world come to the country to participate. The festival will take place from Monday, January 13 to Saturday, January 18 at the City of Knowledge in Clayton and in Casco Antiguo, Panama’s old quarter.

Jam sessions in Casco Antiguo.

Jam sessions in Casco Antiguo.

Danilo Pérez, the festival’s artistic director, announced that the following musicians have confirmed their participation in the event: the legendary singer, accordionist and Panamanian composer Osvaldo Ayala who, together with producer Billy Herron, will present their new collaboration, the Trans-Isthmic Project; the Berklee Global Jazz Institute under the direction of master-bassist John Patitucci is a special guest.

The City of Knowledge is the site where the educational events and the night concerts will be held, taking place at the Ateneo and the Central Quadrangle, ending with Jam Sessions at the Casco Antiguo.

During the festival, the City of Knowledge will become the most important audition stage of the Americas, where students will have the opportunity to apply for and obtain scholarships for the best music schools in the world. The educational institutions that have confirmed their participation include the Berklee Global Jazz Institute of the Berklee College of Music, the New England Conservatory and the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico.

Also within the festival framework, the second Latin American Music Symposium will take place, with specialists from Chile, Argentina, Panama, Venezuela, Costa Rica and the United States demonstrating the therapeutic effects of music

Entrance to the Panama Jazz Festival is available online at or at BlockBuster, and range from $20 for presentations at the Ateneo up to $150 for the outdoor gala concert.

Festival Program



• Night concert Friday,

January 17 – 8 PM to 10 PM

• Night concert Saturday,

January 19 – Grand Finale

– 1 PM


• Clinics January

13-17 – 9 AM to 4 PM

• Latin American Music

Therapy Symposium

January, 13-17


• Afternoon concerts,

January 13-17 – 4 PM to 6 PM


• Night concerts January,

13-16 – 8 PM to 10 PM


Jam sessions


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