by James “JB” Bryson
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In this fourth season of jazz at Allegro, the saxophist, composer and educator Luis Carlos Pérez indicates that he wants to share with the audience “the cultural diversity of Panama in its music and its diverse mergers, and also maintain the interdisciplinary show in art, everything under the creative and collective umbrella of jazz “.
This activity of the Panamanian musician and educator consists in offering six didactic concerts, each with a theme, guests and different musicians.
This new chapter, initiative of the Allegro art gallery, starts on Wednesday, June 5, at 7:00 pm, with “Calypso Jazz”. In that session they will play calipsos from Bocas del Toro, from the Antilles, plus Latin jazz. Perez will play in the company of Lloyd Gallimore, keyboardist, arranger and director of Los Beachers and Eric Blanquicet, percussionist and student of the Danilo Pérez Foundation.
On the links between calypso and jazz, Luis Carlos Pérez states that there is a “very important connection between the musical development of the Caribbean, the Antilles, and the southern United States. Within this triangle, Panama is included with its migratory waves “.
This development, he explains, was constituted “mainly by the new expressions born in America from the union of European and African cultures. Jazz and calypso are born from this connection and creative development. They become strong rhythmic connections sharing the heritage of the Congo key of Africa. ”
“Jazz had West Indian influence from the ragtimes music of the United States and the Antillean squad played in Bocas del Toro, and the calypso had a jazz influence with the creative development of great musicians like the American saxophonist Sonny Rollins of Antillean parents,” he says.
On July 3 it will be the turn of listening to samba and bossa nova with jazz.
Brazil, like the United States, has been one of the central points in the American continent, he says.
“Both territories have a close relationship in the creation of new musical forms based on rhythmic richness of African heritage born in America, with the development of harmony, melody and musical form of Europe. Brazilian music, like jazz, has important links with harmonies from the periods of Romanticism and European Impressionism, in Brazilian authors such as Tom Jobim and Duke Ellington (United States) “.
On August 7 it will be a journey of blues and jazz towards marjoram.
Jazz is present in the tamborera with the rise of the Tambo jazz music movement in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he points out. “This new expression comes from Afro-Panamanian musicians with an Antillean heritage, such as the pianist and composer Víctor Boa. In addition, the tamborera with jazz has had great mergers with the traditional Cuban and calypso, soul and cumbia “.
On September 4 will honor the 500 years of the city of Panama through the various musical developments and changes that have occurred in jazz to go through New Orleans, Chicago and New York, highlights.
“The influence of the sounds of the city on the music that was being played. I include as an important point the developments that took place in the jazz scene in Colón, Panamá and Bocas del Toro. And the importance of these Panamanian urban centers in the creative development of music “.
On October 2 will be dedicated to Pablo Picaso and jazz, a musical show about the life and work of the great Spanish genius.
While on November 13 will focus on the fusion between national rhythms such as the tamborera and the corridors and jazz.