Danilo Perez

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(L to R): Danilo Perez, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
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The President of Panama, Mireya Moscoso, with Danilo Perez
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Danilo Perez performing at the 2000 IAJE Conference
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Paquito D'Rivera and Danilo Perez at the 2000 Festival Internacional de Jazz de Punta del Este
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Cover of Danilo Perez's Providencia
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Danilo Perez performing at Eric in Two Evenings event at Scullers
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Danilo Perez and Marrissa Licata performing at Eric in Two Evenings event at Scullers
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(l-r) Christian Sands, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Harolyn Blackwell, Geri Allen, Winard Harper, Carmen Lundy, Connaitre Miller, Chip Jackson, Terence Blanchard, Cyrus Chestnut, and Danilo Pérez perform during the finale of Jazz on the Elevens: A Tribute to Billy
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Terence Blanchard, Cyrus Chestnut, and Danilo Pérez perform during Jazz on the Elevens: A Tribute to Billy Taylor on November 11, 2011
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Cyrus Chestnut and Danilo Pérez perform during Jazz on the Elevens: A Tribute to Billy Taylor on November 11, 2011
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Renee Rosnes interviews members of the Wayne Shorter Quartet (Danilo Pérez, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci and Brian Blade) in session at Talk Tent at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Renee Rosnes interviews members of the Wayne Shorter Quartet (Danilo Pérez, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci and Brian Blade) in session at Talk Tent at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Renee Rosnes interviews members of the Wayne Shorter Quartet (Danilo Pérez, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci and Brian Blade) in session at Talk Tent at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
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“… 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

"Danilo Pérez has all of the attributes of a performer, conductor, impresario, and purveyor of musical expression greatly needed in these uncertain times. His effort to bring to the world a beacon of hope and inspiration … is a prime example of confidence in a future laden with cornucopian gifts for all humanity." -- Wayne Shorter

Grammy award winner Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Danilo’s abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Danilo is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz.

He has led his own groups since the early ‘90s, and as bandleader has earned three Grammy® nominations for his ebullient and innovative recordings. Motherland, was nominated for two Grammy® Awards for “Best Latin Jazz Album,” and also garnered his third win for “Best Jazz Album” from the prestigious Boston Music Awards. Motherland was named (as were his previous four releases) among the best albums of the year by such publications as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, San Diego Tribune, Billboard and JazzTimes. In 2002, he received a nomination from the Jazz Journalists Association for “Pianist of the Year.”

Born in Panama in 1965, Danilo started his musical studies at just three years of age 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, he moved to the United States to enroll at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and, after changing his major to music, transferred to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. From 1985-88, while completing his studies in jazz composition, he performed with Jon Hendricks, Terence Blanchard,Claudio Roditi and Paquito D'Rivera, and produced the critically-acclaimed Reunion album (Messidor) featuring D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval: in 1994, Danilo also appeared on Sandoval's Grammy®-winning album, Danzon. Since the late ‘80s, he has toured and/or recorded with Wayne Shorter, Steve Lacy, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, John Patitucci, Tom Harrell, Gary Burton, and Roy Haynes. ” Roy Haynes Trio (Verve 2000) was named one of the best albums of the year by Gary Giddins, critic for The Village Voice: “(This CD) displayed Danilo’s skills perfectly – glinting technique, an expressive melodic gift, and unerring time . . .”

Danilo first attracted the spotlight as the youngest member of Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra (1989-1992). This pivotal tenure solidified his command of the eclectic, post-bop Latin style, and brought him to the forefront on Gillespie’s Grammy® Award-winning recording, Live At The Royal Festival Hall (Enja), an appearance at the Kennedy Center, and worldwide touring.

In 1993, Danilo turned his focus to his own ensembles and recording projects. A bold, ingenious bandleader, he moved into the spotlight once again, this time for his own RCA/Novus CDs - Danilo Pérez (1993) and The Journey (1994). The Journey placed prominently in several Top Ten Albums of 1994 lists. DownBeat gave it 4 1/2 stars and listed it among the best CDs of the ‘90s; it also received a Jazziz Critics Choice Award. In 1995, Danilo became the first Latin member of Wynton Marsalis’ band, and the first jazz musician to perform with the Panamanian Symphony Orchestra, which featured an expanded 80-piece orchestral version of “The Journey.” He also released two recordings for impulse! – PanaMonk (1996) and Central Avenue (1998) – and won his first Grammy® nomination for “Best Jazz Album” for the latter; The New York Times praised PanaMonk as "a masterpiece of jazz synthesis." These four CDs accumulated numerous awards and Top Ten citations, firmly establishing Danilo’s leadership role in a new generation of jazz artists.

Danilo also is part of the Wayne Shorter Quartet which won a Grammy in 2006 with their record Beyond The Sound Barrier. The new Wayne Shorter Quartet was voted “Best Small Ensemble of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2002 and 2004. He is featured on Shorter’s Verve releases, Alegria and Footprints Live!, which received Five Stars from DownBeat. Shorter invited Danilo to join his first all-acoustic group after hearing him play, “It was adventurous and fresh,” Shorter observes (Jazz Times, 2002). “He wasn’t playing to show off his technique. He was interested in telling stories.” Favorably compared to the ‘60s Miles Davis group that featured Shorter, the new quartet displays a remarkable freedom.

Currently, Perez serves as Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival, Artistic Advisor of the innovative Mellon Jazz Up Close series at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He also continues to play with Ben Street and Adam Cruz, musicians that have been working with him for more than eight years. His new CD, Providencia, is released August 31 of 2010 on Mack Avenue Records. “Trust and deep knowing are the foundation for the spirited and soulful interplay among the musicians in this trio. "I know them very well," says Pérez, "and we all try to practice brotherhood, love, equality and freedom in our personal lives and in our music. All of us have become a family, and there is a feeling of celebration, of transcending communication, when we play that it is very magical to me."

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Articles on Danilo Perez

11/21/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Danilo Perez Named UNESCO Artist for Peace

04/24/11    News    By Jason Rabin

Danilo Pérez Brings Wayne Shorter to Berklee Global Jazz Summit

01/28/11    News    By Lee Mergner

P. Mauriat Donates Saxophone to Panamanian Jazz Student

01/20/11    Photos    By Roy Gumpel

Panama Jazz Festival 2011

01/03/11    Features    By Nate Chinen

Danilo Pérez: Charting the Possibilities

Columns    By JazzTimes

January/February 2011 and Advertsing Highlights

October 2010    Albums    By Geoffrey Himes

Providencia
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October 2010    Albums    By Geoffrey Himes

Providencia
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09/27/10    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

An Evening With Roy Haynes

03/14/10    Franckling's JazzNotes    By Ken Franckling

Danilo Perez: Picking Up Where Dizzy Left Off

02/03/10    Photos    By Roy Gumpel

Scenes from the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival

11/23/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Panama Jazz Festival, Under Direction of Danilo Perez, Announces Lineup for 2010

04/30/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

New England Conservatory Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Jazz Studies

January/February 2009    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

Back to the Future: 2008 in Gigs

12/12/08    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Wayne Shorter's 75th Birthday Celebration

10/02/08    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Monterey Jazz Festival

October 2008    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Across the Crystal Sea
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09/19/07    Concerts    By Willard Jenkins

DC Jazz Festival

04/02/07    Concerts    By Willard Jenkins

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

01/22/07    Concerts    By Willard Jenkins

Panama Jazz Festival 2007

July/August 2005    Albums    By David R. Adler

Danilo Perez Trio Live at the Jazz Showcase
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July/August 2005    Albums    By David R. Adler

Danilo Perez Trio Live at the Jazz Showcase
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06/19/05    Concerts    By David R. Adler

Wayne Shorter Quartet & Dave Holland Quintet in New York

02/22/05    By Doug Ramsey

01/24/05    Concerts    By John Murph

Panama Jazz Festival 2010

October 2003    Features    By John Murph

Danilo Pérez: Putting Faces on the Notes

September 2003    Albums    By Ron Wynn

Till Then
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08/08/03    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Wayne Shorter Live in LA

07/08/03    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Jazz A Vienne 2003

10/29/02    Concerts    By Bill Shoemaker

San Francisco Jazz Festival 2002

10/26/02    Concerts    By Doug Ramsey

Wayne Shorter Quartet at the Earshot Jazz Festival

12/07/01    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

"Made In America": An All-Star Jazz Benefit

07/03/01    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

2001 Vitoria-Gasteiz and San Sebastian Jazz Festivals

January/February 2001    Features    By JazzTimes

2000 Year in Review: The Year That Was

December 2000    Albums    By Larry Appelbaum

Motherland
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September 2000    Albums    By Peter Margasak

Featuring Danilo Perez and John Patitucci
Roy Haynes Trio

May 2000    News    By Lee Mergner

IAJE 2000 in NOLA

October 1998    Albums    By Bill Bennett

Central Avenue
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Albums

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Central Avenue

Impulse!
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Motherland

Verve
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Till Then

Verve
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Danilo Perez Trio Live at the Jazz Showcase

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Featuring Danilo Perez and John Patitucci

Verve
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Across the Crystal Sea

EmArcy
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Providencia

Mack Avenue Records
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Providencia

Mack Avenue Records
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