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Global Jazz
By “Global” we do not imply that the globalization of jazz is new or that folkloric traditions are not already hard coded in the DNA of jazz. Global jazz is about choosing to concentrate on the new forms of musical globalization that emerged in the 1990s, when a new generation of musicians from all over the world began to make explicit connections between jazz and their folkloric and traditional music, instruments and rhythms, placing them on the world stage and shattering the jazz paradigm that writers and musicians in the United States had constructed during the early and mid- twentieth century. After all, jazz itself comes from fluid interactions between different folkloric musics and musicians: Mario Bauza, Dizzy Gillespie with Chano Pozo, Charlie Parker with Machito, and many others have mixed jazz with Latin instruments, Indian tabla, the Panamanian tambor, and more for almost a century. What defines the new era of global jazz is its emergence from the collision of jazz with the socioeconomic and cultural phenomena of hyperglobalization.
-- Patricia Zárate de Pérez (page 139)
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Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI)

The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

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Panama Jazz Festival

The mission of the Panama Jazz Festival is to improve people's lives on and off the stage through cultural events of the best quality. With over 500,000 people attending, over 5 Million dollars in scholarships announced, and over 50,000 students served in its educational programming since its inception, the Panama Jazz Festival is one of the most relevant events in the region. 

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Danilo Perez (Panama)

Pianist for the Wayne Shorter Quartet for 20 years, Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez is the founder of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where he teaches the musical legacy of Wayne Shorter with colleagues John Patitucci and Terri Lyne Carrington.

The Wayne Shorter Quartet

Pianist Danilo Perez, Bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade performed with saxophonist Wayne Shorter for two decades. Together they developed concepts introduced by Wayne such as comprovisation, fear training, and UFO material. Danilo Perez also expanded harmonic considerations for improvisation through the use of tetrachordial harmony.

Global Jazz Musicians

Here is a partial list of musicians who study and practice Global Jazz in their lives and music:

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