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Bill Charlap & Gary Hobbs at the Earshot Jazz Festival

Carlos Garnett

The reawakening of a country’s soul is a splendid thing to witness, especially when it’s a place as beautiful and intriguing as Panama. Ever since the fall of fomer dictator Manuel Noriega in 1989 and then, in 1999, gaining full control of the Panama Canal, the country’s been boosting its tourism efforts to attract visitors seeking cultural and eco adventures.

Playing a huge role in Panama’s renaissance is the annual Panama Jazz Festival. “I have high hopes that the Panama Jazz Festival becomes a major gift from our heart to world,” said Mayor Juan Carlos Navarro at the event’s press conference. Pianist/composer and festival founder Danilo Perez, who serves both as Panama’s cultural ambassador and the festival’s artistic director, added: “It’s a historical event, because the government is making sure that it happens.”

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