As the son of a Panamanian singer and bandleader, Danilo Pérez had his first experience with the piano at the age of three. At the age of ten, he started his professional education at the National Conservatory in Panama. After finishing his studies of electronics, Pérez fully concentrated on playing the piano and started studying at Berklee College of Music. While still a student, his talent allowed Danilo Pérez to work with Jon Hendricks, Terence Blanchard, Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi and Paquito D’Rivera at this early point of his career. Between 1989 and 1992 he was part of Dizzy Gillespies United Nations Orchestra. Danilo Pérez received four Grammy nominations for his albums “Central Avenue“, “Motherland“, “Across the Crystal Sea” and “Providencia”.
Pérez combines his musical career with a strong social involvement. As former UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and present UNESCO Artist for Peace, Cultural Ambassador of the Republic Panama, founder of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute as well as founder and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival, he wants to emphasize the social relevance of jazz and its potential to create peace. Supporting the artist’s mission, the Danilo Pérez Foundation has launched several musical educational programs for children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Pérez has recently toured together with John Patitucci und Brian Blade for his latest album “Children Of The Light”.