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Ruben Blades joins 2020 Jazz Festival stars


Posted 19/12/2019

Panamanian singer-songwriter Grammy award-winning icon.  Rubén Blades and the  Roberto Delgado Orchestra will be among the guest artists at the seventeenth edition of the Panama Jazz Festival. January 13 -18, 2020.

 Since the festival was founded in 2003, it has attracted 350,000 jazz lovers, while in January 2019 it attracted over  30,000 people e from around the world.

Blades will participate in the festival's gala night on January 15 at the Anayansi Theater in the Atlapa Convention Center.

Also in the concert will be the festival’s founder  Danilo Pérez , Dianne Reeves, Isaac Delgado, Terri Lyne Carrington and John Patitucci.

The show marks an important precedent in the cultural exchange between Panama, Cuba and the United States, says a statement from the event organizers.

The festival will also feature a series of stellar shows at the Teatro Ateneo de Ciudad del Saber, with artists such as the Detroit All-Star band, Chilean Patricia Zárate, and drummer Adam Cruz.

The Panamanian band composed of women The Daughters of Jazz, the Panamanian musician Osvaldo Ayala and Ravi Coltrane will be some of the musicians that will close the concert week.

The Panama Jazz Festival also has an educational component and to date $4.5 million dollars were distributed in national and international scholarships and its music workshops bring together 5,000 students from around the world every year.



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17th Jazz Festival launched after difficult year


Posted 13/01/2020

The Panama  Jazz Festival raised the curtain on its 17th edition on  Monday, January 13 in the City of Knowledge, after what the founder Danilo Perez described as a “difficult year.

A bumper catalog of concerts that will run until January with . This year's honoree is Panamanian saxophonist Reggie Johnson.

Pérez festival said that 2019 was a difficult year for the organization of the event due to numerous challenges including the lack of long-term agreements.

It is expected that the situation will be remedied after the signing of an agreement with the Mayor's Office of Panama, which guarantees financing of $250,000 until 2024.

Pérez also urged a cultural change in Panamanian society. "Let's not think of 'I'm going to change if he does it first," said the musician.

Culture minister Carlos Aguilar said that the Jazz Festival is an opportunity to be entertained and meet great world exponents of jazz in the country. "During the years of this festival, many young people were transformed through music," he added.

Iván Eskildsen administrator of the Tourism Authority, , said that great efforts are being made to promote the festival as a tourist attraction of the country along with the tour operators.

"The event is a perfect excuse for tourists to see other tourist attributes," he said.

The agenda of artistic workshops take place in the City of knowledge and the concert program opens at Holiday Inn, Teatro Ateneo, Danilo's Jazz Club, and Villa Agustina.



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