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Panama Jazz Festival Details 17th Edition

Jazzed Magazine • News • September 18, 2019

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Uniting internationally acclaimed jazz artists, renowned educators and jazz fans from around the globe, the 17th Panama Jazz Festival will be held January 13-18, 2020 at The City of Knowledge in Panama City, ATLAPA Convention Center and the Old Quarter of Panama City. The festival will celebrate its 17th anniversary and will honor Panamanian saxophonist Reggie Johnson.

Among the headliners for this year’s festival are Dianne Reeves, Cuban star Isaac Delgado, Danilo Pérez, Ravi Coltrane, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Cyrus Chesnut, and David Sanchez. Additional headliners include Detroit All-Star, a band composed by Detroit’s musicians Chris Collins, Mike Dease, Wesley Reynoso, Marion Hayden, Nate Winn; and Chilean artist Patricia Zarate Perez, who will be presenting her latest recording Violetas featuring Colombian singer Lucia Pulido, bassist Ben Street, and drummer Adam Cruz.

Other national groups include this year’s honoree Reggie Johnson’s All-Star, the all-female Panamanian band Las Hijas del Jazz directed by Berklee Global Jazz Institute’s alumni Jas Kayser, Panama-Cuba Collective, Joshue Ashby’s C3, and several Fundacion Danilo Perez Ensembles. Bands from all over the world will be featured at the Global Stage and other venues including Fundacion Armonía Colectiva (Costa Rica), Quinteto de Orion Lion (Chile), Niki Campbell & Masuco, pianist Kevin Harris (USA), drummer Guillermo Nojechowicz (Argentina), among many others.

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