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Danilo Perez Given Keys to Panama

On October 17, the hometown boy made good when Panama City Mayor Carlos Navarro presented pianist and composer Danilo Pérez with the “keys to Panama” in recognition of the cultural contributions he has made to his native country.

The honor has been in the cards for Pérez for some time. Known for his fusion of postbop jazz and Panamanian music, Pérez was named the U.S. Cultural Ambassador for Panama in 2000. This past September saw Panama’s first Annual Jazz Festival, which was founded by you know who.

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