The 16th edition of the Panama Jazz Festival ended its six-day star-studded cornucopia of musical and educational events on Saturday, January 19 with a final bow at the traditional free outdoor concert in the City of knowledge.
Among the luminaries were the founder, Panama’s own Danilo Pérez & Global Messengers, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, New England Conservatory, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and Roberto Delgado & Orchestra
The Festival had provided of clinics, talks and 40 concerts indoors and out, featuring musical performers from around the world
On Wednesday, January 16, the red carpet "Gala Night" was held at the Athenaeum Theater featured international and local talents
That night, Global Messengers and Danilo Pérez officially debuted the new musical composition "La muralla", commissioned by the Panama Mayor's Office in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the founding of the city of Panama and its status as the Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2019.
In this edition of the event national musicians stood out like Aphrodisiaco, Roberto Delgado & Orchestra, , Idania Downman & The Emotions, Omar Díaz and his group Dedé, Luz Acosta Ensemble, The Blues Dogs, Santos Diablos, Calabar, José Luis Medina, Quinteto of Salsa de Rey Cruz, Panama Jazz All-Stars, the Panamanian Shuruka folklore group and ensembles of the Danilo Pérez Foundation.
The more than 40 scheduled concerts included the Blake family with Alex son and Russel Blake and his group Sons of Panama and the Canadian saxophonist with his Cuba group Jane Bunnett & Maqueque.
The billboard also included the American trombonist Andrew Hayward, the Swedish trombonist Gunhild Carlin, the Israeli guitarist Rotem Shivan, the Colombian singer Lucía Pulido and her group Corazonantes.
Participating educational institutions included the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, the New England Conservatory and the New York Jazz Academy, offering educational workshops
Other participating groups were Orquesta Juventud Esperanza of Costa Rica, Orion Lion Chile Ensemble, Carrera Quinta, the Argentine guitarist. Claudio Ragazzi, Making Movies, Yuri Namkung and the group of teachers of the Classical Music Exchange program, the Swedish trombonist PJ Anderson, and other guests
The Festival is produced by Panama Jazz Productions for the benefit of the Danilo Pérez Foundation