The fifteenth edition of the Panama Jazz Festival will take place from January 15 to 20, 2018 in the City of Knowledge and Casco Antiguo, once again making Panama the largest jazz scene in the region. Every year the Panama Jazz Festival brings together acclaimed international jazz artists, renowned educators, and fans from around the world.
Panama Jazz Festival has managed to position itself as a cultural project that consolidates creativity, exchange, and talent, with a strong commitment to education and Panamanian social welfare. The artistic director, Danilo Pérez, has the confirmation of the following international talents: the most important quartet of current jazz, Cuarteto de Wayne Shorter; the legend of Latin jazz, Chucho Valdés; the Brazilian singer, Luciana Souza; the mythical American pianist, Ran Blake and the masterful composer and pianist, Bill Dobbins.
There will be prestigious educational institutions, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, the New England Conservatory, the New York Jazz Academy, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the Crossroads High School, which each year offer great support to the Festival.
“This new edition of the Festival will be a celebration of art, education, and culture,” says Danilo Perez, reviewing some of the fruits of this event in Panamanian children and youth. “We have managed to announce more than 4 million dollars in scholarships and become the first event in the world that grants university academic credits for Berklee College of Music”, adds Pérez.
Within the framework of the XV Panama Jazz Festival, the VI Latin Music Therapy Symposium will be held, which in its sixth edition will include the participation of important music therapists from Canada, the United States, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and the Dominican Republic. They will explain the therapeutic effects of music. Also, the 1st Classical Music Exchange Program and the II Symposium of the Musical, Artistic and Cultural Expressions of Afro-Descendants in Panama will be held with the main theme El Calypso, as a space to meet and discuss the events, times and Afro-Panamanian characters Highlights in the evolution of music and expressions istmeñas.