The Panama Jazz Festival
Stateside, Danilo Pérez is a highly respected pianist in the jazz world. In his homeland of Panama, he's a national icon, and not just for his artistry: He sees jazz as a vehicle for social change. The Panama Jazz Festival he founded, for instance, doesn't just feature major international acts -- it brings students from all sorts of backgrounds to share the stage. Jazz Night In America goes to Panama City to take in festival performances by Perez, John Patitucci and a rising star violinist named Joshue Ashby, and finds out how music can change lives in Panama.