Connect with us


Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers and Allison Au Quartet at Koerner Hall



Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers

Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers

Panamanian jazz pianist and composer, Danilo Pérez, serves as a UNESCO Artist for Peace, Cultural Ambassador to the Republic of Panama, Founder and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival, as well as Founder and Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston’s Berklee College of Music. In this concert, he leads musicians from Palestine, Greece, Jordan, and Panama, with varied musical traditions and instrumentation to match.


Juno Award-winning saxophonist Allison Au opens the evening with her quartet and special guest vocalist Laila Biali.

The Royal Conservatory has commissioned both Pérez and Au to write new pieces, with Pérez’s work, titled Fronteras (Borders), receiving its Canadian premiere and Au’s, called Migrations, a world premiere.

Please stay and enjoy a beverage after the concert and enjoy the Postlude Performance with Andrew McAnsh Quartet.

* Commissioned by The Royal Conservatory with the generous support of Nance Gelber & Dan Bjarnason

Danilo Pérez, piano
Farayi Malek, vocals
Vasilis Kostas, laouto
Layth Sidiq, violin
Naseem Alatrash, cello
Tareq Rantisi, percussion
Allison Au, saxophone
Aline Homzy, violin
Amahl Arulanandam, cello
Jon Maharaj, bass
Michael Davidson, vibraphone
Todd Pentney, piano & keyboards
Fabio Ragnelli, drums
Laila Biali, piano & vocals

Program will include the world premiere of Allison Au’s Migrations* and the Canadian premiere of Danilo Pérez’s Fronteras.**

* Allison Au’s Migrations commissioned by The Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall for 21C Music Festival 2020 with generous support from Nance Gelber & Dan Bjarnason

** Danilo Pérez’s Fronteras was co-commissioned by Detroit Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, The Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music, Wroclaw, Poland (Jazztopad Festival), and The Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall for the 21C Music Festival 2020.

Latin Jazz Network is a project dedicated to the advancement of Latin jazz and its creators. Since 2000 LJN has been spreading the word about this wonderful music known under the umbrella term: LATIN JAZZ.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall



Dizzy, Chano and Chico — The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall

[New York] – The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance & The Town Hall Present: Dizzy, Chano and Chico — The Original Influencers — 75 Years Later at Town Hall. A celebration of the monumental moments when jazz met the rhythms of Cuba and changed the face of modern music forever. In 1947, legends Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo composed “Manteca” — one of the earliest foundational compositions of Afro-Cuban jazz and among Gillespie’s most famous recordings. In December ’47, Dizzy and Chano performed it live at the famed Town Hall in New York City. Consecutively, composer Chico O’Farrill’s masterpiece “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” brought together bandleader Machito with O’Farrill and Charlie Parker, among others. O’Farrill’s work to meld modern jazz with Cuban big band continued with his collaboration with Dizzy on “The Manteca Suite.” ALJA and Town Hall celebrate Dizzy, Chano and Chico for their groundbreaking introduction of Latin music influences in jazz.

Dizzy, Chano and Chico - The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall
Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall

On January 14, 2023 at Town Hall, the continuum pushes forward 75 years later with the next generation of performers keeping Afro Cuban/Afro Latin jazz alive and well. Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning Arturo O’Farrill and his 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra revisit the acclaimed compositions “Manteca,” “The Manteca Suite,” and  “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” as well as new compositions, arrangements and recent works with some of today’s most distinguished Latin jazz artists. Featured guests include “Superstar of Afro Cuban Percussion” Pedrito Martinez, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Big Chief Donald Harrison, Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena, trumpeter Jon Faddis, as well as emerging talents trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, percussionist Jacquelene Acevedo, and singer/composer Melvis Santa.

This event is part of the on-going centennial celebrations of both Chico O’Farrill and the Town Hall.

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers – 75 Years Later at Town Hall

Featuring: Pedrito Martinez, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Jon Faddis, Daymé Arocena

With: Adam O’Farrill, Jacquelene Acevedo, Melvis Santa

Continue Reading

Most Read in 2022