(photo credit: RAJ NAIK/LUKE SEVERN)
Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Danilo Perez will perform at the Zappa Club branches in Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Jerusalem on March 20-22. The Panamanian- born pianist and composer will be supported by the other members of his Panama 500 quartet, drummer Adam Cruz, bassist Ben Street and harmonica player Roni Eytan.
Over the past 30 years the 48-yearold pianist has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including the likes of late legendary trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, 80-yearold saxophonist Wayne Shorter and 87-year-old drummer Roy Haynes, with whom Perez appeared in Israel several years ago.
Perez is the son of musician and bandleader and began his musical education at the age of three, when his father gave him a set of bongos.
By the age of 10 he was studying classical piano at the National Conservatory in Panama, and eventually transferred to the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, USA, to study jazz composition. He subsequently taught at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music. As a youngster, Perez was influenced by the music of George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.
Perez has traversed wide musical domains during his career to date, taking in Latin music, straightahead jazz, the blues, folk songs, Caribbean sounds and even Middle Eastern melodies. He is also a UNESCO Artist for Peace and artistic director of the Panama Jazz Festival.
For tickets and more information: (03) 762-6666, *9080 and www.zappa-club.co.il