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Danilo Enrico Pérez Samudio, 29 December 1966, Monte Oscuro, Panama. Born into a very musical family, Pérez began playing piano at the age of three. He was encouraged by his father, a singer and band leader. He studied classical piano at the National Conservatory in Panama from the age of eight. During this same period, he worked with a band led by with Edgardo Quintero. He briefly attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, studying electronic engineering on a scholarship, but then, in 1985, went to the Berklee College Of Music where he studied jazz composition with Donald Brown and also played with Victor Mendoza. After leaving Berklee, Pérez played with Jon Hendricks, Paquito DRivera, Terence Blanchard, Claudio Roditi, Tom Harrell, Steve Turre, and was a member of Dizzy Gillespies United Nations Orchestra in 1989.
From the late 80s, Pérez toured extensively, visiting Europe and Japan. He composed...