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Friday July 05, 2019

From The Gazette

Danilo Perez and ‘The Global Messengers’ ready to showcase power of music at Iowa City Jazz Festival
By: ED CONDRAN

“ ‘I don’t think there is any doubt about what music can do,’ said Saturday’s Iowa City Jazz Festival headliner by phone from his Boston home. ‘It can change people’s lives in the most positive way and it can unite diverse groups of people. Songs are that powerful.’

The earnest musician/social activist is working on a project with his aptly named group, The Global Messengers. Their forthcoming album will address cultural immigration, and the message is that the best diplomatic approach is through music.

‘You look around the world or even just in this country and you see we need to connect and understand each other,’ Perez said. ‘Music bridges the gap. The greatest lesson I learned from the incomparable (trumpeter) Dizzy Gillespie is that music should be used as a diplomatic tool for humanity.’ “

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