Panama Jazz Festival

Panama Jazz Festival


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January14 - 192019

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.

Music “touches us, marks us, changes us.” Don’t miss out on the chance to travel to Panama City with Copa Airlines and attend the 16th Panama Jazz Festival.

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16 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. This year, the schedule includes 48 concerts, with performances by artists like Jane Bunnet & Maqueque, Andrew Hayward, Gunhild Carlin, Lucia Pulido, Alex Blake, Idania Downman, Omar Díaz, the band Afrodisíaco, Luz Acosta and Danilo Pérez's Global Messengers, in a new ensemble of artists to pay tribute to Panama City’s 500 years of history.

Around 90 workshops will also be held, with the support of international educational institutions like the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and the New England Conservatory. Other events include the 7th Latin American Symposium on Music Therapy, the Second Classical Music Exchange Program, and the Third Symposium on Musical, Artistic, and Cultural Expressions of People of African Descent in Panama.

Tribute to Alex Blake and Family

The festival will also honor Panama’s history and roots with a tribute to the trombonist Alex Blake. This iconic Panamanian musician was part of the heyday of Panama’s “golden age” of music in the 1940s and ’50s. His legacy only grew during the ’60’s and ’70s, when he lived in the United States and collaborated with great salsa performers who were part of the New York music scene. His artistic influence endures, and now it is joined by the work of his sons, the bassists Alex and Russel Blake.

Tribute to Alex Blake and Family

A dynamic stage

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. Most of the activities, though, will take place in the City of Knowledge (located on a former United States military base), which will provide the setting for the clinics, auditions, concerts at the Ateneo theater, and, in particular, the outdoor closing concert.

On Saturday, January 19, friends and families will gather on the quad in the City of Knowledge, where they’ll enjoy a summer evening filled with performances by various artists who have given concerts over the course of the week. Admission to this event is free, and there are plenty of picnics, food stands, games, laughter, and good music to make the festivities complete.

Source of the images: Panama Jazz Festival, photographer José Rovira and The City of Knowledge Foundation.

Panama City and its cultural scene

Panama City and its 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.


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

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UTC -5:00


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