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Danilo Pérez


Grammy award winner Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Danilo’s abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters ({{m: Wayne Shorter = 4301}}, {{m: Roy Haynes = 7521}}, {{m: Steve Lacy = 8532}}), Danilo is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz. He has led his own groups since the early ‘90s, and as bandleader has earned three Grammy® nominations for his ebullient and innovative recordings


Article: Film Review

Leaving Planet Earth: Amazon's Wayne Shorter Documentary Zero Gravity

Read "Leaving Planet Earth: Amazon's Wayne Shorter Documentary Zero Gravity" reviewed by Peter Jones

Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity Director: Dorsay Alavi 2023 Wayne Shorter was brought up in the belief that he could achieve anything he wanted to: there should be no barriers to his ambition. This three-part documentary--a true labor of love from director Dorsay Alavi--shows us that Shorter was far more than a musician. ...


Article: Live Review

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023 Hart Plaza & Campus Martius Detroit, MI September 1-4, 2023 Opening night is always a gas. Whether it takes the form of the annual rite of spring in baseball, the long anticipated opening of a Broadway play, or for that matter, the opening salvo of a world ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Wayne Shorter: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Wayne Shorter: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May

At the start of September 2021, trumpeter Terence Blanchard released Absence (Blue Note), dedicated to saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, who for health reasons had recently been obliged to retire from performing, at least temporarily. Some people celebrating their eighty-eighth birthday, as Shorter did the previous month, might not welcome being the dedicatee of an album ...


Article: Play This!

Wayne Shorter Quartet: Aung San Suu Kyi

Read "Wayne Shorter Quartet: Aung San Suu Kyi" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Any day is a good day to listen to Wayne Shorter. “Aung San Suu Kyi," from the 2003 Montreal Jazz Festival, captures Shorter's celebrated quartet of Danilo Perez, Brian Blade and John Patitucci in scintillating form. From its birth in 2000 until Shorter's retirement from the stage in 2018, this line-up took improvised small ensemble playing ...


News: Festival

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Celebration of Home

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Celebration of Home

The 2023 Detroit Jazz Festival is almost upon us, taking place in its annual Labor Day weekend slot on the yearly jazz festival calendar. The largest free jazz festival in the world brings the music to the people of Detroit, and the world, on September 1-4 in downtown Detroit and in Hart Plaza along the Detroit ...


News: Performance / Tour

Award-Winning Seoul Pianist Yujung Jung Plays Jazz Around The World

Award-Winning Seoul Pianist Yujung Jung Plays Jazz Around The World

Award-Winning Korean Musician Creates Her Own Fusion Genre Yujung Jung, a Korean Music Award-winning pianist and graduate of Dongduk Women’s University, Berklee College of Music and The Berklee Global Jazz Institute in the United States, has been playing at major festivals for two decades, dazzling audiences around the world with her unique jazz, Gospel and K-Pop ...


Article: Live Review

Umbria Jazz: mezzo secolo

Read "Umbria Jazz: mezzo secolo" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz 2023 Varie sedi Perugia 7--16.7.2023 50 anni di Umbria Jazz e 90 del suo fondatore e direttore artistico Carlo Pagnotta: un evento unico, festeggiato con un'edizione veramente speciale, ricca di musica e di iniziative collaterali, che ha superato nella programmazione come nella partecipazione del pubblico i livelli degli ultimi ...


Article: Album Review

Keigo Hirakawa: Pixel

Read "Pixel" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Science and jazz do not come up too often in the same conversation. Even more unlikely is that spatio-spectral colour filter array design will feature. Unless you happen to be talking with the Ivy League-educated researcher and professor at the University of Dayton, Ohio, Keigo Hirakawa. His work in image processing is part of a major ...


Article: Liner Notes

Michael Dease: The Other Shoe: The Music of Gregg Hill

Read "Michael Dease: The Other Shoe: The Music of Gregg Hill" reviewed by AAJ Staff

"Think of any big city," Greg Hill says, introducing the narrative armature of his composition, “The Other Shoe," the denouement and title track of this stimulating collaboration with Michael Dease, who arranged each of Hill's 10 compositions contained herein. “It's 2 in the morning, you're still awake, and your neighbor comes in upstairs. You hear the ...


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