PANAMA CITY, Panama, January 22, 2009 – The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) welcomed thousands of spectators and musicians from around the world for Panama Jazz Festival 2009. Held in the Ascanio Arosemena Training Center January 12-17, this year’s festival honored late Panamanian bassist and composer Clarence Martin Sr.

Festival performers included jazz legends Chucho Valdés, Wayne Shorter, Danilo Pérez, Marco Pignataro and Edna Golandsky. The program also featured educational workshops and concerts by students including Panamanian saxophonist Jahaziel Arrocha of the Berklee College of Music Quartet (pictured left).

One of the most important cultural events of the hemisphere, Panama Jazz Festival 2009 served as a unique opportunity for the ACP to not only let the world travel through, but also stand still at the Canal to enjoy the sounds of jazz.

The VI Panama Jazz Festival was broadcast live on our website.  To watch the shows online, please click on the following link: