Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Kimmel Center Presents Introduces Mellon Jazz: Dreaming Of Dizzy with the Danilo Perez Trio September 27
Danilo Perez and his trio will kick off the series with "Con Alma"
August 28, 2003

The Danilo Perez Trio brings "Con Alma" to Perelman Theater September 27.
The Kimmel Center will introduce the new Mellon Jazz: Dreaming of Dizzy series with internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Danilo Perez along with his trio. Danilo Perez will share his personal take on the music of Dizzy Gillespie with his performance entitled "Con Alma" on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 pm in the Perelman Theater. Joining him will be Adam Cruz on drums and Ben Street on bass.

The series, which was also curated by Danilo Perez, will feature a series of five exclusive, one-night-only performances dedicated to the legacy of Dizzy Gillespie. All concerts will be held in the Kimmel Center’s intimate Perelman Theater. Among them are "He Beeped When He Shoulda Bopped" featuring The Kenny Barron Trio (December 13); "Groovin’ High" with pianists Mulgrew Miller and James Williams, and vocalists Janis Siegal and Luciana Souza (January 10); "A Night in Tunisia" with Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Trio, and special guest Billy Harper (March 27). Danilo Perez will close the series with saxophonist David Sanchez in "Tindeo" (May 8).

Panamanian-born Danilo Perez has been recognized as one of the most influential and forward-thinking innovators in jazz music today. With three Grammy nominations to his credit, Danilo, and his Pan-American Jazz (covering the music of the Americas, Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythm folkloric and world music), have gained a loyal following and international praise. Whether leading his own group or performing with some of the biggest legends in jazz (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacey), he continues to make his mark on jazz music.

Danilo began his musical studies at just three years old under the tutelage of his father. By age 10, he began his classical training at the National Conservatory of Panama. After receiving a degree in electronics, Danilo enrolled in Indiana University in Pennsylvania. But his love for music would force him to change his major to music, and he transferred to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. He burst on to the scene as the youngest member of Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra in 1989. His 3-year stint with Dizzy and the orchestra earned him recognition as one of the masters of the eclectic, post-bop Latin style.

Since 1993, Danilo has made several albums as a bandleader, including The Journey, which was placed on several Top Ten Albums of 1994 lists. As the first jazz musician to play with the Panamanian Symphony Orchestra, Danilo performed an expanded version of The Journey with the 80-piece orchestra. He also gained international praise and recognition for his album Motherland, which The New York Times called " of the most ambitious jazz records of the last decade." Danilo Perez released his newest CD "till then this year, which Wayne Shorter called "a prime example of confidence in a future laden with cornucopian gifts for all humanity."

In addition to leading his own ensembles, Danilo is currently a member of the new Wayne Shorter Quartet and the Steve Lacey Duo. He has played with Roy Haynes for the past 5 years.

Tickets for The Danilo Perez Trio are $33 and $38. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center box office, open daily from 10 am to 6 pm and later on performance evenings. For group sales call 215-790-5883. Mellon Jazz Up Close: Dreaming of Dizzy is made possible through the generous support of Mellon Financial Corporation.

A limited number of $10 tickets will be available for every Kimmel Center Presents performance. $10 tickets go on sale the day of the event and can be purchased at the Kimmel Center box office beginning at 5:30 pm for evening performances and 11:30 am for matinees. Limit one per person.

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