The Panama Jazz Festival was founded in September 2003 by Panamanian Grammy-winning pianist Danilo Pérez. A Fulbright Scholar, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Cultural Ambassador of Panama, and educator, founder of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music, (MA, USA), Perez founded the festival with the mission of bettering the lives of people through shared musical experiences as listeners, on stage and in the classrooms.
Perez’s stated vision for the event is that “By offering performances and educational activities of the highest order, as well as practical, hands on training in the music and entertainment business, the Panama Jazz Festival aims to inspire and educate while providing tools and opportunities to build a better future for individuals and their communities.”
As such, and while the Festival annually offers a rich program of concerts by leading international jazz musicians, the emphasis is on music education. It has become the largest music education event in the region.
Panama Jazz Festival 2014 set for January 13 to 18, 2014.