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About Danilo Pérez
A visionary pianist and Grammy award winner, Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time.
His work with the Wayne Shorter Quartet has led to some of the highest accolades of Shorter’s career, and has placed Pérez among the elite artists of his generation. His latest release, Panama 500, celebrates the five hundredth anniversary of the first permanent European settlement in the New World, in Panama.
Born in Panama in 1965, Pérez started his musical studies when he was three years old with his father, a bandleader and singer. By age 10, he was studying the European classical piano repertoire at the National Conservatory in Panama. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in electronics in Panama, he studied jazz composition at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. While still a student, he performed with Jon Hendricks, Terence Blanchard, Slide Hampton,Claudio Roditi and Paquito D’Rivera. Quickly established as a young master, he soon toured and/or recorded with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie United Nations Orchestra from 1989-1992, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Lacy , Lee Konitz, Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Gary Burton, and Roy Haynes. In 2000, Danilo joined Wayne Shorter, to form Shorter’s great quartet with John Patitucci and Brian Blade. Since 2003 he has been touring with his regular trio featuring Ben Street and Adam Cruz.
Pérez, who served as Cultural Ambassador to the Republic of Panama and Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF, has received a variety of awards for his musical achievements, activism and social work efforts. He currently serves as UNESCO Artist for Peace, Founder and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival, and Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston’s Berklee College of Music.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“… but there are still amazing musicians like Danilo Perez… He is not afraid of anything.” – Herbie Hancock
“musical magic and wonder, evocative of inner and outer worlds.” -All About Jazz
“Danilo and his ensemble trans-culturate jazz, Latin American folk wisdom, classical music, North American blues, with Middle Eastern and Asian sounds in the mix.” -David Carrasco, Harvard University