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Panama Jazz Festival


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January13 - 182020

Panama Jazz Festival

Panama City, Panama

The Panama Jazz Festival draws more than 30,000 people—including jazz fans, students, and professional musicians from Panama and abroad—to take part in a week filled with events and activities in Panama City. Enjoy a festival devoted to music education, awareness, and appreciation.

This year, you won’t want to miss the ‘Big Patio Party’—it’s the perfect chance to hear the best music in a joyful, fun-filled atmosphere. Travel to Panama City with Copa Airlines and attend the 17th Panama Jazz Festival.

17 years of concerts and music clinics

This multi-event festival was created in 2003, with the aim of providing a source of education and a wellspring of opportunities for Latin American artists. In keeping with this aim, the festival includes master classes and music clinics, which are made possible by the support of international educational institutions like the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and the New England Conservatory. Other festival events include the 8th Latin American Symposium on Music Therapy, the 3rd Classical Music Exchange Program, and the 4th Symposium on Musical, Artistic, and Cultural Expressions of People of African Descent in Panama.

In addition to the festival’s many educational offerings, a variety of concerts will be held each day. Numerous solo artists and groups will take part in this year’s festival, including Cyrus Chestnut, Ben Street, Adam Cruz and the Detroit All-Star band from the United States, the Puerto Rican saxophonist David Sánchez, and the Chilean saxophonist Patricia Zárate Pérez, who will be accompanied by the Colombian singer Lucía Pulido. Panamanian saxophonist Reggie Johnson’s All-Star group will perform, along with the Panamanian band Las Hijas del Jazz, the Panama-Cuba Collective, and Joshue Ashby’s C3.

Other headliners include:

Dianne Reeves
Dianne Reeves
John Patitucci
John Patitucci
Danilo Perez
Danilo Perez
Isaac Delgado
Isaac Delgado
Ravi Coltrane
Ravi Coltrane
Terri Lyne Carrington
Terri Lyne Carrington

Tribute to Reginald “Reggie” Johnson

This year’s festival honors saxophonist Reggie Johnson, who has played an essential part in the musical history of Panama. Johnson, born in 1939, inherited his love of music from his mother. Together with his younger sister, he performed as a tap dancer, and he later discovered the saxophone, leading him to a career that has spanned more than 50 years. Over that time, he has shared the stage with award-winning artists from Panama and around the world—including Celia Cruz, Armando Manzanero, and Julio Iglesias, to name just a few—performing genres as diverse as jazz, salsa, bolero, and balada.

At this year’s Panama Jazz Festival, Reggie Johnson will appear along with his All-Star group, directed by Luis Carlos Pérez.

Tribute to Reggie Johnson

Dynamic venues

In keeping with tradition, some of the festival’s events—such as the intimate performances at Danilo’s Jazz Club—will be held in Panama City’s Old Quarter. One highlight of this year’s schedule, the Gala Night, will be held at the ATLAPA Convention Center. This event, which will take place on Wednesday, January 15, is described as “a musical and historical encounter among Cuba, the United States, and Panama.”

Most of the festival’s other activities—including the clinics, auditions, concerts at the Ateneo theater, and, in particular, the outdoor closing concert on Saturday, January 18—will take place in Ciudad del Saber. Year after year, the welcoming atmosphere on the quad in Ciudad del Saber draws friends and families who gather to enjoy a beautiful summer day filled with incredible performances. Admission is free, and there are plenty of picnics, food stands, games, and entertainment to round out the festivities.

For more information about the festival and to buy tickets, please visit

Source of images: Panama Jazz Festival, photographers Carlos Agrazal and Gerardo Pesantez

Ciudad de Panamá y su oferta cultural

Panama City’s cultural scene

As the capital of Panama, Panama City has always been a place where different cultures come together. While you’re here to attend the festival, you’ll also want to sample the haute cuisine offered by city’s restaurants, visit the outstanding museums, and stroll the historic streets of the Old Quarter.


+1 million


Between 86°F (30 °C) during the day and 77°F (25 °C) at night

Time Zone

UTC -5:00


Panamanian balboa and United States dollar (1 PAB = 1 USD)


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