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Interview with Danilo Perez

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  • "Danilo Perez speaks with Mark Ruffin about his second album, "The journey"; starting out as a classical pianist; his father introducing him to music; playing percussion at age 3; his father as a vocalist; classical music in Panama; playing with his father, working, and going to school; studying electonrics; coming to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship; the Berklee College of Music and his Quincy Jones scholarship; how he came to be interested in jazz; jazz in Panama; auditioning for Jon Hendricks in New York City when he was 19 years old; recording with Terence Blanchard; playing with Claudio Roditi; playing with Paquito D'Rivera; playing with Dizzy Gillespie and the United Nations Orchestra; his relaionship with Dizzy Gillespie; the GRAMMYs; his albums "Danilo Perez", "Panamonk", and "Motherland"; "Panamonk" connecting him to Thelonious Monk; music as representing a physical journey; "Suite de Panama" with his big band; his collaborations with Steve Lacy; Wayne Shorter and his GRAMMY for "Beyond the sound barrier"; making a record with Claus Ogerman; his album "Music we are"; the Panama Jazz Festival; serving as Ambassador of Goodwill for UNICEF and Cultural Ambassador for Panama; his work with children; using music as a socio-cultural tool; his family and his future."

  • "Interview with Danilo Perez"