Danilo Pérez

Artistic Director

The Grammy Award–winning pianist and composer 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. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint oncontemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz. Born in Panama in 1965, Pérez went to Berklee in the 1980s and has led his own groups since the early 1990s. As a bandleader, he has earned three Grammy nominations for his ebullient and innovative recordings. Pérez serves as a UNESCO Artist For Peace, artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and artistic director of the Panama Jazz Festival. In previous years, he served as Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF and cultural ambassador to the Republic of Panama. He has worked as a music educator for more than 20 years.