Pérez, who recently signed with Mack Avenue Records in 2009 and is expected to release his label debut in August, has brought together this diverse and global group of musicians to celebrate the music and bountiful inspiration of his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie. Pérez's hand-picked all-stars, with roots in Afro-Cuban, be-bop, Indian, African, and Middle Eastern music, will more than honor Dizzy's legendary vision and keep true to the music that they've grown into all their lives.
Things To Come: 21st Century Dizzy showcases music that simultaneously addresses the culture of Panama, the culture of Latin music as it is interpreted by jazz musicians, and classic jazz repertoire together with the leader's own original compositions (in addition to performing new arrangements of classic Gillespie tunes).
As the youngest member of the final edition of Dizzy Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra, Pérez learned first-hand how Gillespie embraced musical and personal collaborations through the world. Pérez reflects, "One of the greatest experiences was working with Dizzy Gillespie, certainly the greatest master that I had the chance to play with."
Dizzy's bands were a constant melting pot of styles, genres, and pan-global collaborations. Pérez uses this premise as a foundation for his endeavors.
Pérez states, "The purpose of the music I'm doing right now is to really find common tones in the world; how we, through music, actually come together and become one in this day of acknowledging differences. I am acknowledging the common tones in the world and that oneness feeling. All those layers you see in this, how we as human beings, as individuals come together and create communities. That's the feeling I want to create."
An extraordinary artist, 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 from all around the world. A long standing member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, Pérez has recorded and performed with the likes of Steve Lacy, Roy Haynes, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Tito Puente, and Wynton Marsalis, among others. Pérez is the Artistic Director of the Berklee College of Music's newly formed Global Jazz Institute (a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines) as well as the annual Panama Jazz Festival. Additionally, he serves as the Artistic Director of the Kimmel Center's "Jazz Up Close" series.
· Saturday, March 27: The Royal Conservatory Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, Toronto, Canada
· Thursday, April 1 - Sunday, April 4: Jazz Standard, New York, NY
· Thursday, April 8: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
· Saturday, April 10: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
· Friday, May 21: Symphony Center, Chicago, IL