Friday, September 11, 2009

Pianist Danilo Pérez Signs with Mack Avenue Records

Pianist Danilo Pérez Signs with Mack Avenue Records

Returns to Perform at the 2009 Detroit International Jazz Festival

Mack Avenue Records is proud to announce the signing of Grammy winning pianist Danilo Pérez. The signing was made official at the 2009 Detroit International Jazz Festival, where Pérez returned to active performing with the Wayne Shorter Quartet after a three month layoff due to a torn achilles injury.

An extraordinary Panamanian artist, composer and educator, Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences.

"It has been a long journey full of unexpected twists up to now and I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life," Pérez says.

On his return to the stage at this year's festival, Pérez reflects "I miss these guys so much; Wayne, Brian and John. They are such a big part of my life. I am looking forward to travel to more unknown places with them."

"Danilo is an artist of uncompromising artistry," says Mack Avenue Records President Denny Stilwell. "We are pleased to have him as a member of the Mack Avenue family and look forward to an album that will mark a new beginning in his expansive career."

Pérez has recorded and performed with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Steve Lacy, Roy Haynes, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Tito Puente, and Wynton Marsalis, among others.

He plans to release his debut Mack Avenue Records album in 2010.

The Mack Avenue Records team welcomes Danilo Pérez at the 2009 Detroit International Jazz Festival. (L-R): Al Pryor, Gretchen Valade, Danilo Pérez, Tom Robinson, Denny Stilwell, and Randall Kennedy.

Danilo Pérez (L) pictured with fellow Mack Avenue Records artist, alto saxophonist Tia Fuller (R).

For media information on Mack Avenue Records, please contact:

DL Media · 610-667-0501

Don Lucoff ·

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