Global Jazz Forum: Danilo Pérez and Donald Brown
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Danilo Pérez, founder and artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute joins forces with renowned jazz pianist, producer, composer, and educator Donald Brown to lead this workshop.
Danilo Pérez is an incomparable pianist, composer, social activist, and educator who is the founder and artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Widely considered one of the most inspired—and inspiring—musicians today, Pérez has received hearty acclaim from DownBeat, Billboard, NPR, and many of the legendary musicians with whom he has collaborated, such as Wayne Shorter ’99H, Paquito D’Rivera ’03H, Terence Blanchard, Jack DeJohnette ’90H, and Gary Burton ’62 ’89H. Pérez serves as a United Nations artist for peace and is the founder and artistic director of the world-renowned Panama Jazz Festival. His most recent album, Children of the Light, features Pérez in a trio setting with John Patitucci on bass and Brian Blade on drums.
Donald Brown is a jazz pianist, producer, composer, and educator. At Memphis State, Brown gained considerable performance experience as a member of the Memphis Three, a trio of outstanding pianists who passed through the university in the 1970s, including Tony Williams and Mulgrew Miller. Brown began to build his résumé by doing studio work for Stax Records owner, Jim Stewart and Hi Records owner, Willie Mitchell. Upon finishing his studies in 1975, Brown performed locally before replacing Williams in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the summer of 1981, touring both domestically and internationally. In January of 1982, he recorded the album Keystone 3 with Blakey at the Keystone Korner club in San Francisco. The album reached number 31 on Billboard magazine’s Top Jazz Album Chart. He has collaborated with Kenny Garrett, Wallace Roney, Jean Toussaint, Diane Reeves, and Russell Malone, to name just a few.