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Monday March 20, 2017

From The Chicago Tribune

Review: Danilo Perez leads provocative tribute to jazz giants at Orchestra Hall
By: Howard Reich

Not all celebrations are loud, raucous and overbearing.

Some are subtle, sophisticated and sublime, such as the one Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez led Friday night in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center.

Titled “Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Ella, Mongo and Monk,” the event marked a remarkable confluence of birthdays, for trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, singer Ella Fitzgerald, percussionist Mongo Santamaria and pianist Thelonious Monk all were born a century ago this year.

Just think of how jazz would be diminished without Gillespie’s stratospheric trumpet virtuosity and soulful compositions, Fitzgerald’s gauzy vocal colors and still-unmatched scat singing, Santamaria’s Afro-Cuban jazz innovations, and Monk’s idiosyncratic rhythms and profoundly expressive dissonances.

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