Danilo Perez Trio, Mon. October 15, 2012


Danilo Perez Trio
Monday, October 15, 2012
Kuumbwa Jazz

“Few artists dare to go where Perez does…” – Keyboard Magazine

Pianist Danilo Perez has performed with numerous jazz luminaries, including Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, and Steve Lacy, but he is most at home when leading his own trio. Since his debut with Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra in 1988, Perez has grown into one of the most dynamic musician/composers performing today.  His compositions always find new ways to incorporate his Latin roots with the jazz tradition, sometimes including a touch of European classical influence. Energetic without being bombastic, Perez chooses to seduce rather than overwhelm. Providencia is his latest recording on Mack Avenue Records.

Panamanian-born Danilo Perez was only three-years-old when he started to show an aptitude for music. Encouraged by his father, a bandleader and vocalist, Danilo, by age ten, was studying classical piano at Panama’s prestigious National Conservatory. During college, he set music on the back-burner for a few years to earn a Bachelor’s degree in electronics. Afterwards, he relocated to the United States to study music at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. While studying jazz composition at Berklee, Perez was actively gigging with major jazz artists, such as Terence Blanchard, Claudio Roditio and Jon Hendricks. He was only in his early twenties when he produced an album for Latin-jazz veterans Arturo Sandoval and Paquito D’Rivera.

Perez first gained international recognition as the youngest member of Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra, from 1989 to 1992. In 1993, he launched his own career as a bandleader with stunning results, attracting a loyal cadre of fans and critical acclaim. Yet, despite his success as a bandleader, Perez continues to enjoy stints as a sideman and collaborating on projects with other artists. In 1995, he toured with Wynton Marsalis’ band. His pianistic talents have also graced ensembles led by Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Charlie Haden and many more. In recent years, he has been a member of Wayne Shorter’s critically-acclaimed quintet, which won a Grammy award in 2006, for Beyond The Sound Barrier. His own trio has featured a stable personnel roster for almost a decade with bassist Ben Street and drummer Adam Cruz. Such long-lasting associations, rare in the jazz world, assure a level of musical empathy that makes for a rewarding concert experience.

Danilo Perez Trio

DATE: Monday, October 15, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $22/Adv $25/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227 

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