special report


Also in this section:
Gala Night at the Panama Jazz Festival

Thursday and Friday nights at the Jazz Festival

The Jazz Festival's free concert in Plaza Catedral
Jazz education expanded this year


Vocalist Johnaye Kendrick, of the Thelonious Monk Institute
 
Scenes from Gala Night at the Panama Jazz Festival
photos by Eric Jackson
 
Gala Night is the kickoff of the concerts part of the Panama Jazz Festival, an expensive ($150 a ticket) affair at the beautiful Teatro Nacional. A lot of acts play one number, and every year there is a combination of jazz and a non-jazz idiom, sometimes a fusion thereof. This year it was bolero, which provided the opportunity for the Jazz Festival's founder, pianist Danilo Pérez Jr., to perform with his bolero singer father, Danilo Pérez Sr.
 
Before the show, Milagros Blades practicing with
her traditional Panamanian percussion trio
 
Family ties? Despite their shared surname, Ruben and
Milagros Blades are not related, or at least not closely.
In the background is Panama City's Mayor Navarro
 
The Milagros Blades Trio
 
The Theolonioius Monk Institute of Jazz Performance's band
 
Drummer Matt Rousseau of the New England Conservatory's student jazz band
 
Bolero singer Brenda Lau
 
Bolero guitarist  and singer Cutito Larinaga
 
Bolero singer Marcela Troestch
 
Cellist Yumiko Tokomoto
 
Danilo Pérez Sr.
 
Chilean saxophonist Patricia Zarate
 
A warm-colored photo of Berklee student Jahaziel Arrocha,
who's Panamanian, blowing some very cool jazz phrases
 
A surprise added to the program --- Panama's most noted
bolero composer and performer, Omar Alfanno
 
Another surprise to end the show --- Rubén Blades singing with Danilo Pérez on the piano


Also in this section:
Gala Night at the Panama Jazz Festival

Thursday and Friday nights at the Jazz Festival

The Jazz Festival's free concert in Plaza Catedral
Jazz education expanded this year

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