Casco Viejo, Panama City
Panamanian Jazz pianist Danilo Perez has made a name for himself not only an internationally acclaimed artist, but also a humanitarian figure. With a deep belief in the power of music as a tool for social change, he founded the Danilo Perez Foundation in 2005 — focusing on the social and creative growth of young children and teenagers in Panama City through the development of musical education.
To help animate the burgeoning nightlife of Casco Viejo we’ve joined hands with Danilo to establish Danilo’s Jazz Club at American Trade Hotel — as he says “one amazing room for creating music.”
This one day new beautiful club provides an opportunity for creative development and international exchange at this very intimate level with students from Panama and all of Latin America and beyond — to create new music, bringing old and new, near, far together. We’re honored to celebrate its official opening tonight with two special performances, including one with Danilo himself presenting music from his latest album — Panama 500 — backed by players from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.
Photo by Lauren Coleman.
"Do not fear mistakes, there are none."
This week we’ll be at the Panama International Jazz Festival letting music wash the dust from our souls. This year’s festival is presented by artistic director Danilo Perez, whose 50-seat jazz club opens in the hotel next month. This week is an exciting preview of what’s to come.
To close out Notes from the Underground this evening, eleven musicians — including Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), JG Thirlwell (Foetus), and curator/maestro Pat Noecker aka RAFT (Liars, These Are Powers) — will spread themselves throughout the lobby at Ace New York, charged with the deceptively simple task of “working to sustain the notes of A and E.” Your job is to wander, letting your feet and ears create your own unique piece of music. If it’s anything like Noecker’s other happenings, this hourlong performance will be immersive, brainy, and dark around the edges. Read about all the performers and learn more on our calendar. We’ll see, and hear, you tonight.