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"The latest CD from pianist Danilo Perez strikes me as his best yet...Providencia is delightfully diverse but united by Perez's broad and deep artistic vision. It's constantly daring in all its aspects, but Perez's risks always pay off - from his thrilling piano work on one level to the surprising pacing and ordering of the disc's music." - Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen

Danilo P�rez, the acclaimed Panamanian pianist, educator and social activist, is set to perform at Jazz Standard on November 18 - 21. P�rez will celebrate the release of his Mack Avenue Records debut, Providencia, with sets at 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM (Friday & Saturday, third set at 11:30 PM). The performances will feature P�rez's trio, consisting of bassist Ben Street and drummer Adam Cruz.

Fatherhood changes everyone; for pianist/composer Danilo P�rez, the birth of his two young daughters threw down a gauntlet of sorts, a challenge to provide a better world for the girls to grow up in. "What are you doing so we can have a healthy life in the future?" he imagined them asking. "What are you adults leaving us?"

On a practical level, P�rez has been working busily to answer that question both in his native Panama and his adopted home of Boston. His annual Panama Jazz Festival has brought world-renowned musicians to the country for the last seven years, not only to perform but also to work closely with local youth. That mission is carried on yearlong by the Fundaci�n Danilo P�rez, which offers musical and cultural education to disadvantaged young people in Panama City. In Boston, he now heads the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, which offers music students an opportunity to explore creativity, advance the social power of music, and connect music with the restoration of ecology and humanity. These efforts are in addition to his activities as a member of Wayne Shorter's acclaimed quartet.

Providencia is an attempt to provide a complementary musical answer to the same question. "This record is based on the idea that whatever we do has an impact in the universe," P�rez says. "The word 'providence,' for me, means standing up for the future of the next generation of children."

That may sound like a tall order for any art form to fulfill, but P�rez has an expansive view of music's power and reach, expressed not only in his goals for the album but in its diverse palette and broad scope. Providencia crosses streams of jazz, classical and Latin American folk music-which P�rez refers to as "hearing music in three dimensions."

The ensemble P�rez has assembled for this album is itself an expression of his concept of "global jazz," an idea he carries on from his stint with the legendary Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra. Alongside the Panamanian leader, the group includes his trio, Indian-American saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, Lebanese-American percussionist Jamey Haddad, Colombian conga player Ernesto Diaz, Portuguese vocalist Sara Serpa and a Boston-based woodwind quintet.

P�rez ultimately reflects on an answer to the questions he imagines his daughters posing: "The future will be a reflection of what we say, think and do today. Let's use wisdom and our art of providence as a flashlight to guide us to the restoration of humanity."

Danilo P�rez Trio at Jazz Standard
Thursday, November 18 - Sunday, November 21
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM (Friday & Saturday, third set at 11:30 PM)

116 East 27 Street, New York, NY 10016
Web - http://www.jazzstandard.net
Phone - (212) 576-2232

Danilo P�rez � Providencia

Release Date: August 31, 2010

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