Providing a backdrop for cultural exchange, education and social awareness, the Panama Jazz Festival 2017 will honor Panamanian vocalist Violeta Green and host the V Latin American Music Therapy Symposium.
Headliners include Dianne Reeves, Romero Lubambo Duo, Terri Lyne Carrington (w/ Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors), John Patitucci’s Electric Guitar Quartet (w/ Adams Rogers & Steve Cardenas), Rony Eytan Quartet (Israel), Retro Jazz (Dominican Republic), Lefteris Kordis (Greece), and over 40 national musicians. Participating schools include Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Thelonious Monk Institute, and New York Jazz Academy.
Recently the Republic of Panama established Law 312, guaranteeing the event’s annual funding beginning in 2018. The Panama Jazz Festival has attracted over 240,000 jazz fans, announcing over 4 million dollars in scholarships to international programs. The festival is the most important annual event for the Danilo Perez Foundation which develops musical programs for education in Panama and the rest of the world.