The World-renowned pianist of jazz Herbert Jeffrey 'Herbie' Hancock received on January 15 the keys to Panama City, Panama. He received the keys in recognition of his artistic gifts and contributions to enriching the cultural development of Panama City. The Mayor Roxana Méndez presided over the ceremony and delivered the keys of the city.
After the ceremony he along with Wayne Shorter visited the “Danilo Perez Foundation” which teaches children of Panama how to play Jazz. As he enter the building to the sounds of his well know song “Watermelon Man” he joined the children on the piano.
Herbie one of the most dynamic musicians of modern times, redefined the rhythm section in Jazz and one creators of post-bop sound during the 1960’s. He was also a pioneer in electronic music being one of the 1st to adopt the use of synthesizers delivered a solo concert opening at the 10th Annual Panama Jazz Festival.
The following night Susana Baca the extraordinary Afro-Peruvian singer delivered a lively concert. Ms. Baca who is Minister of Cultural Affairs is the first to hold a cabinet position in Peruvian government, has given rebirth to popularity of Afro-Peruvian Music. Her soulful renditions of these traditional songs are captivating and convince you to explore more of this music.
The legendary jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter and his quartet which included, Danilo Perez, president and founder of the Panama Jazz Festival a UNESCO Artist of Peace and pianist ended the Jazz concerts. John Patitcucci on bass and Brian Blades drums rounded out the quartet that has played together for the last decade. Wayne who had been in hospital night before started slowly but in the ended delivered a solid performance which several calls for encores and stand applause.
At the end Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez thanked members saying “all the members of the Wayne Shorter Quartet agreed to help celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary because they believe in the project and they are part of my family. They have seen how much time effort, commitment, and perseverance it has taken to follow my dreams.”
The Panama Jazz Festival is held every January in Panama City, Panama with renowned Jazz Artists.
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