JazzBoston @ Panama

JazzBoston and Dayla Arabella Adventures are excited to be taking our third group of Boston fanáticos de jazz to the Panama Jazz Festival, a unique celebration of arts, education, and the environment founded and directed by Boston's own Danilo Pérez. Pérez, one of JazzBoston's original Artistic Advisors, was designated last month as a UNESCO Artist for Peace in recognition of his dedication to using jazz to help young people grow as musicians, citizens, and leaders, and his belief in music as a force for social justice and peace worldwide. The Danilo Pérez Foundation, which Pérez founded to provide music education to Panama's poorest children, is supported largely by festival revenues.

Among the festival artists for this 10th anniversary year: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter Quartet, Ruben Blades, Susana Baca, Bill Frisell, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, and of course, Danilo Pérez. For details and updates, see the Festival website and Facebook page.

Benefit concert for the Danilo Pérez Foundation

On Sunday, December 16, the Kevin Harris Project will present a benefit concert for the Danilo Pérez Foundation at the Lily Pad.  Harris, who is himself deeply committed to providing young people with ways to learn, has been working with the foundation since his participation in the Panama Jazz Festival as a performer and teacher last January. Pérez and his wife, Patricia Zarate, a musician in her own right and the Director of Education for both the foundation and the festival, will be at the Lily Pad to talk about the work of the foundation and meet  prospective members of the JazzBoston/Dayla Arabella Adventures group. They may even sit in with the band.

VIP trip to the 10th Annual Panama Jazz Festival,
January 14 - 19

The stellar line-up is only the beginning of the excitement this January. JazzBoston's longstanding relationship with Pérez gives our group special access to VIP events and intimate gatherings throughout the week. Trip highlights include:

  • A private tour of the Panama Canal's Miraflores Locks
  • Receptions with the U.S. Ambassador to Panama and the Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority
  • A reception for sponsors and special guests at the Danilo Pérez Foundation Gala Concert
  • Red carpet events at two additional evening concerts
  • Daily clinics, master classes, and afternoon concerts led by festival artists and representatives of participating music schools and conservatories—Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Conservatorio de Puerto Rico, and Goldansky Piano Institute
  • A choice of private guided tours—e.g., a visit to the Bridge of Life BioMuseo, the first Frank Gehry building in Latin America; a stroll on the coralline sanded beaches of the San Blas Islands; a shopping expedition to the Colón Duty Free Zone.

JazzBoston/Dayla Arabella Adventures is offering 4-, 5-, and 6-night packages, starting at $815 per person based on double occupancy. This price, which is for the ground portion of the trip only, includes:

  • Beautiful Executive Floor accommodations with full buffet breakfast at Hotel El Panama, the official hotel of the Panama Jazz Festival
  • Transfers between the airiport and hotel in Panama City
  • Transportation to and from the hotel for all festival events
  • Welcome reception at the hotel's Pool Bar on arrival
  • VIP tickets to the Gala Concert and the other two evening concerts
  • Access to all daily clinics, master classes, and afternoon concerts
  • Access every night to the Jazz Club of the Panama Jazz Festival, located at your hotel
  • Closing dinner at one of Panama City's finest restaurants.

As before, airfare is not included in the package price. Fares and availability change rapidly, and we’ve found that people prefer to make their own arrangements. If you're considering joining our group, we suggest you check availability for your preferred itinerary right away on both the American Airlines and Copa Airlines (flights from New York) websites.

For more information, write to panama@jazzboston.org.


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