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Panama Jazz Festival 2011

Photos from the annual festival organized by Danilo Perez

Young musician at 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Performance at 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Performance at 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Performance at 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Danilo Perez in performance at 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Performance at 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Performance at 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Clinic during 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Young student at clinic during 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Young students at clinic during 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Young students at clinic during 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Young students at clinic during 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Young student at 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Audience at 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Audience at 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Scenery during the 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Scenery during the 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Still-life at 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Performance on street during 2011 Panama Jazz Festival
Performane at clinic during 2011 Panama Jazz Festival

When my buddy K.C. Hardin, a friend of Danilo Perez and an active supporter of the Panama Jazz Festival, invited me to stay at his place again, I jumped at the offer. This was the 8th annual festival and my 2nd. You may have seen my photos from last year’s Panama Jazz Festival on this site. After attending last year’s I basically spent the year looking forward to getting back for this January’s. And it turned out to be even more rewarding for me, since I made so many friends there last year.

As I wrote after my first time at the festival, the many amazing concerts were, for me, secondary to the wonderful clinics happening all week. I spent many blissful hours listening to (and of course photographing) the generous and inspiring musicians from around the world as they taught workshops to the many kids who flocked to the festival to devour the energy and knowledge given to them. I watched 10-year-olds learning how to hold their instruments correctly and I sat in the corner of the room watching Brian Lynch rehearsing a quintet of 20 year olds for their big concert. I was invited to grab a drum and play along with a group of young teens I befriended last year (keeping in touch with on Facebook) in a small practice room (my personal high point of the week!).

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