Pianist Danilo Pérez has always had an expansive perspective on jazz, extending not only to his native Panama and throughout the Americas, but around the world as well—just like one of his mentors, Dizzy Gillespie, who not only was a bebop innovator but also delved into Afro-Cuban music. Pérez became the youngest member of Diz's globe-spanning United Nations Orchestra in 1989, and is now returning the favor with a similarly wide-open project called Things To Come: 21st Century Dizzy. This performance is one of only six nationally to kick off the project, ultimately leading to a recording. The band is essentially an international all-star lineup, representing Puerto Rico, India, Lebanon, and Iraq. Besides frequent Pérez collaborators Adam Cruz (drums) and Ben Street (bass), onboard will be trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, percussionist Jamey Haddad, and saxophonists David Sánchez and Rudresh Mahanthappa. The repertoire will focus on fresh interpretations of Diz classics like "Salt Peanuts" and "Manteca," Pérez originals, and pan-American-influenced jazz.
Sat., April 10, 8 p.m., 2010