10th Anniversary of the Panama Jazz Festival 2013

From the Heart of the Americas to the World, the 10th anniversary of the Panama Jazz Festival will be celebrated with a Jazz Route in Panama City from January 14 to January 19, 2013.  The City of Knowledge will host the festivals educational events, the evening concerts at the Ateneo and the closing ceremony with an outdoor concert at the iconic Central Quadrangle behind the City of Knowledge Foundation Main Building.

Danilo Perez, founder and artistic director, revealed the names of some of the headliners including: Herbie Hancock, renowned jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador; Wayne Shorter Quartet, including Shorter on saxophone, John Patitucci on the bass, Brian Blade on the drums and Danilo Perez on the piano; Bill Frisell, prominent jazz guitarist; and Susana Baca, former Minister of Culture for Peru.

According to Perez: “The Panama Jazz Festival is committed to making a major contribution to the cultural, social, touristic, academic and economic development of this country. When we started in 2003, many thought it was ‘crazy’ and we worried if we could produce a second edition. Today, with over 150,000 attendees and the distribution of $2 Million in scholarships, we proudly celebrate a full decade of major accomplishments.”

Through a strategic collaboration of private enterprise, social organizations and jazz audiences, Panama becomes the jazz capital of Latin America for one week from January 14-19, 2013. During this time, a Pathway to Jazz is created throughout the City of Panama, featuring various locations selected to highlight educational activities, concerts and jam sessions.

The Pathway begins at the Hotel El Panama, host hotel and home of Jazz Club of the Panama Jazz Festival. Educational events will take place at the City of Knowledge, with evening concerts at the Ateneo and an open-air concert on January 19. The Pathway concludes at the Atlapa Convention Center for nighttime concerts on January 16, 17 and 18.

Throughout the festival, the City of Knowledge serves as the focal point for auditions as aspiring musicians compete for scholarships to some of the most renowned music schools in the world. Among the academic institutions confirmed as participants are: The Berklee Global Jazz Institute of the Berklee College of Music; the New England Conservatory; the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory and the Golandsky Institute.

In 2012, the festival drew more than 1500 students from many countries around the world including Panama, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, USA and Mexico. The students participated in more than 80 classes and educational programs such as folklore, guitar and classical music programs. Also this year, thanks to the collaborative effort of the festival and the Music Therapy Department of the Berkelee College of Music, the first Latin-American Music Therapy Symposium will be launched.

“Drawing the best jazz musicians of the world, the festival has created a new generation of Latin-American musicians who are socially active and work daily for the prevention of violence and an end to poverty,” says Particia Zárate, Executive Director of the Panama jazz Festival.  “The Panama Jazz Festival is one of the most significant events in all of Latin America.”

The Panama Jazz Festival is made possible due to the longstanding support of its generous sponsors: the ATP (Tourism Authority of Panama), El Deportista-La Nota, La Prensa-Mi Diario, Alamo Rent a car, the INAC (National Institute of Culture), Copa Airlines, Hotel El Panama, City of Knowledge and many others, who have contributed to the festival for the past 10 years.

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