ReportageNineteenth Panama Jazz Festival

Nineteenth Panama Jazz Festival

The Panama Jazz Festival, the nation’s most anticipated musical celebration, will take place January 10-15 in a hybrid format.

This year’s festival pays tribute to organist Frank Anderson, who was born in Bocas del Toro in 1929. International guests include Kurt Elling, Antonio Hart, and Kris Davis and Borderlands Trio with Eric McPherson and Stephan Crump. Solinka and Idania Dowman are among the national artists scheduled to appear.

The 2021 festival celebrates the links between the isthmus and popular North American musical forms that developed thanks to the presence of American banana companies in Panama and the construction of the Transoceanic Railroad and the Panama Canal. These historic developments connected Panama with two of the jazz world’s most important focal points, New York and New Orleans, making Panama a protagonist in the history of jazz. 

Among other events, this year’s festival includes the 10th Latin American Music Therapy Symposium, welcoming music therapists from Panama, Chile, the United States, and other countries. Berklee College of Music will also be represented by the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

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