The Panama Jazz Festival (PJF) 2019 starts today with talks and tomorrow will offer a concert at the Ciudad del Saber, organized by the Panamanian jazz musician Danilo Pérez, who approaches it as a "country project", which he will be detailed in a press conference.
The PJF, in its 16th edition, returns with 43 scheduled concerts and an artistic billboard that includes 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.
In addition, the American trombonist Andrew Hayward, the Swedish trombonist Gunhild Carlin, the Israeli guitarist Rotem Shivan, the Colombian singer Lucía Pulido and her group Corazonantes will take part.
Danilo Pérez's Global Messengers will also debut in a new project of artists from Iraq, United States, Palestine, Greece and Panama, premiering a new musical composition commissioned by the Mayor of Panama to honor the 500th anniversary of Panama City, that will be celebrate on August 15 next.
The national musicians that stand out in this edition include the group of Roberto Delgado & Orchestra, Afrodisíaco, Idania Downman & The Emotions, Omar Díaz and his group Dedé, Luz Acosta Ensamble, The Blues Dogs, Santos Diablos, Calabar, Jose Luis Medina, Quinteto de Salsa de Rey Cruz , Panama Jazz All Stars, the group of Panamanian folklore Shuruka and the Danilo Pérez Foundation Assemblies.
Educational institutions will participate, such as the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, the New England Conservatory and the New York Jazz Academy, which each year offer "great support to the Festival and together with the invited artists will offer some 80 educational workshops".
Other artists that accompany us include the Costa Rican group Orquesta Juventud Esperanza, Orion Lion Chile Ensemble, Carrera Quinta, the Argentine guitarist Claudio Ragazzi, Making Movies, Yuri Namkung and the group of teachers of the program Classical Music Exchange, the Swedish trombonist PJ Anderson, and other guests at the festival's educational events.
The Panama Jazz Festival is produced by Panama Jazz Productions for the benefit of the Danilo Pérez Foundation, with the support of public institutions and private companies and will be held from January 14 to 19, on the eve of World Youth Day (WYD), that already gathers thousands of young people in the country.