Danilo Perez Panama 500

Photo Credit Raj Naik & Luke Severn

It’s been far too long since the “We Always Swing”® Jazz Series presented pianist Danilo Pérez whose current project falls under the moniker of “Panama 500,” which also happens to be the name of his most recent recording. Pérez, is much more than simply a wonderful and sophisticated pianist who, when he’s not leading his various ensembles and projects, generally can be found as one-fourth of the Wayne Shorter Quartet.

 

The energetic and ambitious pianist is at his best when he’s building musical and cultural bridges between the entirety of what is known as “The Americas.” Focusing not only on jazz, but also blending his own culture and its Pan-American folkloric traditions into his playing, the Panamanian also tends to mix in and draws from the European classical music. Is it jazz that he plays? Is it world music? Most likely, it’s both.

 

Today he’s joined by a pair of long-time associates and like-minded musicians – bassist Ben Street and drummer Adam Cruz; the threesome will be augmented by… Given Perez’s breadth and musical scope, your guess is as good as ours, but you can bet they will fit in nicely as kindred spirits.

 

A GRAMMY® winner, Perez is now fully armed at 50 – particularly when you take into account it’s been two decades since his debut release and his learning the ropes from and playing under the tutelage and wisdom of one John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie.

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016


"Sundays @ Murry's"

Show 1 | Doors: 2:30 | Start: 3:30

Show 2 | Doors: 6 | Start: 7

Danilo Perez Panama 500

Danilo PĂ©rez: Piano
Jared Henderson: Bass
Adam Cruz: Drums
Roni Eytan: Harmonica

"… but there are still amazing musicians like Danilo Perez, who plays piano with Wayne Shorter's quartet. He is not afraid of anything."

- Herbie Hancock


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