“It is encouraging and a tremendous honor to be considered for such an important award,” reflects Pérez, who will be honored along with four other prominent individuals on October 8 at 7pm at the University of Oviedo, Spain.
His annual Panama Jazz Festival has brought world-renowned musicians to the country for the last seven years, not only to perform but also to work closely with local youth. That mission is carried on yearlong by the Fundación Danilo Pérez, which offers musical and cultural education to disadvantaged young people in Panama City. In Boston, he currently serves as Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, which offers music students an opportunity to explore creativity, advance the social power of music, and connect music with the restoration of ecology and humanity.
Pérez released his critically acclaimed Mack Avenue records debut, Providencia, on August 31. He made his first U.S. performance in support of the album on Labor Day weekend at the 2010 Detroit International Jazz Festival.
Danilo Pérez - Providencia
Release Date: August 31, 2010