Danilo Pérez Trio Plays Providencia

by chipboaz on January 10, 2017

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There’s one word that describes the best of musicians that walk the line between jazz and the cultural traditions of South America and the Caribbean – bravery. It’s an overwhelming undertaking to study, learn, and perform several musical traditions, more or less take the huge job of combining all of those worlds with a high level of integrity. Once you go through that first step, then there’s the idea of developing your own approach which stands apart while holding true to the tradition. If you get through these steps and become a leader in the style, you’ve got the responsibility of taking the tradition into the future through mentorship and education. A major commitment to the music is a big undertaking, and not one for the faint of heart.

Today’s video features a musician that exudes bravery with every step he makes throughout his music career, Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez. Much of this daring attitude started at an early age, as Pérez began studying and performing with his father in Panama. After diving headfirst into classical piano at the National Conservatory in Panama, Pérez left his home to study jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. From there, Pérez became one of the busiest pianists in jazz, playing with everyone from Paquito D’Rivera and Dizzy Gillespie to Wynton Marsalis, Claudio Roditi, Terence Blanchard, Arturo Sandoval, and many more. Along the way, he became a prolific leader, recording albums like Central Avenue that walked the line between Latin Jazz and modern jazz, Panamonk, a tribute to Thelonious Monk, the symphonic tinged Across the Crystal Sea, the large ensemble album Providencia, and much more. He firmly established his place in the history of modern jazz as the pianist for the Wayne Shorter Quartet, a bold group that esteems freedom and interplay at a very high level. Aside from playing music, Pérez established the Panama Jazz Festival, an educational program at the Berklee College Of Music, and served as a professor at The New England Conservatory of Music. Bravery to try new things, take new paths, and push music in new directions has never been an issue for Pérez, both on or off stage.

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Al McKibbon Performing Tumbao Para Los Congueros De Mi Vida

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