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Scenes from the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival

A photo essay by Roy Gumpel documenting jazz outreach by Danilo Perez in his native Panama City

Musical still life from 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Young musician during clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Kids in performance during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Young musician at clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Young musician at clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Young musician at clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Young musician at clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Performance during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Crowd enjoying the music at the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Taking in the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Joe Lovano in performance at the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Joe Lovano and John Patitucci in performance at the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Ellis Marsalis at the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
John Patitucci and Joe Lovano at the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Ellis Marsalis teaching clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Scene from clinic during the 2010 Panama Jazz Festival
Ellis Marsalis at 2010 Panama Jazz Festival

Early in 2009 I was hired to go down to Panama for a photo assignment. I was shooting for K.C. Hardin who, it turns out, is one of the people responsible for the success of the Panama Jazz Festival and the Danilo Perez Music Foundation there.

I did some shooting in the music school and got the feeling that some great things were happening there for the kids in the area. Kids who mostly live in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Panama.

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