Brand new Danilo’s Jazz Club

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Fulfillment of a dream

By Craig Weincek

Danilo Pérez (piano), Matt Marvuglio (flute) and Marco Pignataro (sax). (photo: Craig Weincek)

Danilo Pérez (piano), Matt Marvuglio (flute) and Marco Pignataro (sax). (photo: Craig Weincek)

Every Sunday in March, Luz Acosta and Carlos Campos will perform their Bolero Jazz Series at the brand new Danilo’s Jazz Club located in the American Trade Hotel on Plaza Herrera in Casco Antiguo. Giving two performances at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., the act is part of the new schedule at the club which reflects a dream come true for Danilo Pérez.

According to Pérez, the Grammy-award-winner and UNESCO Artist for Peace, this club is part of a natural progression which started with the formation of the Panama Jazz Festival, along with his foundation, which uses education as a springboard for young talent to develop their musical abilities. His students now have their own students and now there is an attractive venue for them to perform at and nurture them even more.

The entire March schedule that runs weekly from Wednesday through Sunday, with the likes of the Luis Carlos Pérez Quintet, Oscar Cruz and the Luis Bonilla Trio, is the fulfillment of Pérez’s dream with three generations of players performing in the intimate 50-seat club.

Danilo Pérez, the gregarious patron saint of Panamanian jazz, sees this club as a fulfilment of his life’s work.

Danilo hopes that the club “will be a great platform for people from all over the world to make connections, hear great music and support each other.”

A well-established pianist and composer, Danilo Pérez is the artist director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, a performance program designed to foster creativity through various musical disciplines. He has also toured with jazz icons Dizzy Gillespie and Wayne Shorter.

Programming during this opening period is intended to celebrate the connection between Panamanian artists and jazz legends like Billie Holiday, Wes Montgomery, and Django Reinhardt and will feature tributes by musicians from The Danilo Pérez Foundation such as Graciela Núñes and the group C3.

For the complete schedule, visit www.americantradehotel.com/jazz or contact jazzclub@americantradehotel.com. For reservations call (507) 831-2082. All performances are $15 with a food and beverage menu available.

The patron saint of Panamanian jazz, Danilo Pérez.

The patron saint of Panamanian jazz, Danilo Pérez.

The Danilo Pérez Foundation’s mission is to recruit youngsters with musical talent and train them at the facility located on Plaza Herrera. The best students receive scholarships at internationally renowned institutions.

Panama has historically exported its best musicians—Luis Russel, Victor Boa and even Danilo himself are products of this tradition—but “thanks to the work of the foundation, that tide is reversing,” explains Pérez.

For more information on the program visit www.fundaciondaniloperez.org; email info@fundaciondaniloperez.org; or phone (507) 211-0272.

Danilo Pérez, the gregarious patron saint of Panamanian jazz, sees this club as a fulfilment of his life’s work.

Danilo hopes that the club “will be a great platform for people from all over the world to make connections, hear great music and support each other.”

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