Welcome to the 14th edition of the Panama Jazz Festival: a cultural project where creativity, sharing, talent, and inspiration have made this event an international reference.

This year, the festival is proud to honor the contributions of singer Violeta Green. From January 10 to January 14, 2017, our city becomes the world stage for Jazz thanks to the support from the local government, private companies, NGOs and the inestimable passion and loyalty of the local and international audience.

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For 14 years, the festival has reiterated its commitment to Panama`s, culture, society, tourism, economy, and education.

The festival is the most important annual event for the Danilo Perez Foundation which positively transforms society through music by tirelessly working with the new generations throughout the year.

By offering performances and educational activities of the highest order, as well as practical, hands-on training in the music and entertainment business, the Panama Jazz Festival aims to inspire and educate while providing tools and opportunities to build a better future for individuals and their communities.

The Panama Jazz Festival is the most important annual event for the ¨Fundacion Danilo Perez” which positively transforms society through music, by tirelessly working with the new generations throughout the year.

After many years, the festival has become a cultural tourism attraction that has already enticed to Panama more than 220,000 people from all over the world.

The Festival has also announced more than 4,000,000 dollars in scholarships and served more than 10,000 students from Latin American and the world.

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After contributing seven decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world’s foremost pianists and composers today, a true innovator and visionary.

Encompassing the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, his global creations musically continue to inform and inspire.

Weston has the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since Ellington and Monk, as well as the richest most inventive beat but his art is more than projection and time; it’s the result of a studious and inspired intelligence. An intelligence that is creating a fresh synthesis of African elements with jazz technique

states jazz critic Stanley Crouch

The Panama Jazz Festival supports the year-round educational programs of Danilo Perez Foundation, which brings art and music to children from extremely poor communities in the Republic of Panama.

I invite you to celebrate with music to create a rhythm that inspires peace and brotherhood – Danilo Perez

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