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Danilo Perez


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Danilo Perez
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Grammy Award-winning pianist Danilo Pérez is considered one of the most dynamic and influential jazz musicians of our time. His career spans more than two decades, a journey that took him from his native Panama to stages all over the world.

Pérez has played with some of jazz’s greatest musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Paquito D’Rivera. Pérez is the founder and artistic director of Berklee College of Music's Global Jazz Institute and the annual Panama Jazz Festival, now in its seventh year. In this interview with María Hinojosa, Pérez talks about what he learned from Dizzy Gillespie, his creative process and the future of jazz.

NOTE: The 5XX program number refers to the APT number for Maria Hinojosa series. The 33XX program number refers to the WGBH number for the Maria Hinojosa series as a continuation of La Plaza.

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Talk Show
Chicago: “Danilo Perez,” 09/25/1998, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_DA8E1D20E749410BA85BE3A027902436.
MLA: “Danilo Perez.” 09/25/1998. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_DA8E1D20E749410BA85BE3A027902436>.
APA: Danilo Perez. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_DA8E1D20E749410BA85BE3A027902436
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