Danilo Perez leads a celebration of jazz

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Tuesday December 10, 2019

From Patriot Ledger

Quincy’s Danilo Perez leads a celebration of jazz

“Quincy jazz great Danilo Perez uses music to bring people together.

‘We’re living in a wonderful era in many ways, but there are also a lot of humanitarian crises,’ said Perez from his Quincy home. ‘But art is becoming central to the re-direction of humanity, a way to put a brake on all the negativity. Music like Charlie Parker’s has the potential of lighting up humanity—it’s amazing how music can provide hope for youth, optimism for change, and dreams of a better future.’

Perez is the leader of the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music, as well as an accomplished pianist and composer himself with 11 albums under his own name. He’s performed with a long litany of musical greats, and shares in two Grammy Awards for Best Instrumental Jazz Album (2005 and 2019) as part of the Wayne Shorter Quartet. Panamanian by birth, Perez attended Berklee on a Quincy Jones Scholarship and shortly after graduation joined Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra, which was pivotal in forming his desire to use music as a unifying force in the world. Perez received the Smithsonian Legacy Award in 2009, and was saluted as a Unesco Artist for Peace in 2012.”

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