Grammys Put Bostonian Danilo Pérez In The Spotlight

By Jared Bowen

The Grammy Awards are this Sunday and among the nominees is Bostonian and Berklee College of Music alumnus Danilo  Pérez, nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for his latest release Providencia.
With a career that spans more than two decades, Pérez’s journey has taken him from his native Panama to stages all over the world. Perez’s latest release finds him crossing musical genres from around the globe, combining elements of jazz, classical, and Latin American folk music.
Pérez has played on several Grammy Award-winning albums before, as part of bands backing up Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie. This is his first nomination under his own name and as his own producer.
“It's very exciting… this is very special for me…for many years, with my name, I'm supposed to be playing and producing only things that are related to Latin music. So in a sense, it’s new to have a Latin name in the jazz category,” says Pérez.
Providencia opens with a piece inspired by Pérez’s oldest daughter, which he plans to develop into a longer symphony.
“I started with the emotion I felt when she was born. My wife and I just looked at her and we started crying,” says Pérez.
“There are six years of her life in the music, and my youngest one is also a part of the piece. I'm committed to developing this piece. They have brought so much Inspiration to my life, and I feel so energized and so creative when I'm around them.”

Maria Hinojosa: One-On-One: Danilo Pérez

In this interview with María Hinojosa, Pérez talks about what he learned from Dizzy Gillespie, his creative process, and the future of jazz. The broadcast include a perform taped in our studios.

Greater Boston: Grammy-nominated musician Danilo Pérez
Jared Bowen sits down with Danilo  Pérez to talk about his latest release and his Grammy nomination.

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In 1993, a young Danilo Perez came to our WGBH studios, then located on 125 Western Avenue, to tape a music special for our series La Plaza. This wonderful special features Danilo performing some of his early compositions.

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Host Steve Schwartz plays recordings made here at WGBH during live performances in our studios. This music can be heard no where else! Listen to Danilo  Pérez, Fred Hersch, Greg Abate, and George Garzone.


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