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Carlos Agrazal


Panamanian saxophonist, educator and photographer. Carlos obtained the Panama Jazz Festival Presidential Scholarship through the Danilo Perez Foundation, and graduated from Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music where he specialized in Jazz and Caribbean Music, with renowned teachers like David Sanchez, Eddie Gomez, Charlie Sepulveda, Marco Pignataro, Ricardo Pons and Norberto “Tiko” Ortiz. Currently, he works as an assistant to the education coordinator and as a music instructor at the Danilo Perez Foundation in Panama City, teaching woodwinds, music theory and conducting music ensembles among Panamanian kids, youth and adults, and in special programs for children under social risk, using music as a tool for social change.

He has performed in music festivals in the United States, Taiwan, Egypt, Spain, Italy, Chile, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Panama, and had the privilege of sharing stage with, Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, Brian Blade, John Patitucci, Esperanza Spalding, David Sanchez, Terry Lynn Carrington, Bill Dobbins, Eddie Gomez, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, Jamie Haddad, John Ellis, Steve Turre, Kenwood Dennard, Ray Vega and Tito Puente Jr.

In 2015 Carlos was part of “The Panama Jazz Connection”, a group of teachers from the Danilo Perez Foundation, who performed a series of concerts and delivered master classes in the US, at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, University of New York and, the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, together with master pianist Danilo Perez.

During 2016, Carlos organized and directed international collaboration musical projects between the Danilo Perez Foundation (Panama) and jazz festivals in Chile, Taiwan and Egypt, establishing an important cultural, educational and artistic link between countries.

As a photographer, he has done documentary assignments about Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wayne Shorter, and Danilo Perez while performing in Panama City. He has also worked portraits for Danilo’s Jazz Club and the Panama Jazz Festival. Carlos also works as a photographer and educator for the Casa Santa Ana Contemporary Art Foundation, doing workshops for children and youth living from social risk environments.

During the Panama Jazz Festival 2017 Carlos was entrusted with the direction and organization of the “Panama Jazz All Stars” ensemble which this year payed tribute to Panama’s longtime singer Violeta Green.

As a musician, Carlos is currently dedicated to play within Panama’s music scene, with his personal project that integrates jazz with his photographic work series, which has resulted in an innovative proposal in the artistic atmosphere. He is also co-founder of the Panamanian jazz sextet TamboJazz Collective, dedicated to mix jazz together with Panama’s traditional elements.

In 2017 Carlos will continue to work on new projects and international collaborations with jazz festivals around the world. He also envisions the possibility of realizing some recording projects and the publication of a first book dedicated to the union of music and photography.

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On the Scene with Carlos Agrazal