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17th Panama Jazz Festival
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Reggie Johnson

Artista Nacional
Reginald Johnson es un músico meritorio de Panamá, cuyo trayecto ha tallado la historia musical istmeña. Desde sus inicios en el baile, hasta sus innumerables conciertos junto a luminarias internacionales, las experiencias de Johnson protagonizan el homenaje musical del 17° Panama Jazz Festival.
El saxofonista panameño Reginald Reggie Johnson es digno representante de la música panameña y gran homenajeado de la decimoséptima edición del Panama Jazz Festival.
Nació el 17 de noviembre de 1939 en la Ciudad de Panamá y es el mayor de tres hermanos. La afinidad musical quizás la heredó de su madre, quien tocaba la guitarra hawaiana. Sin embargo, su trayecto melódico se inició durante su adolescencia a través del baile, en espectáculos de floor shows junto a su hermana Marva, con quien ejecutaba complejos pasos de tap en club houses y centros diversos en las ciudades de Panamá y Colón.
Su enamoramiento con la música se dio a partir de las melodías del músico estadounidense Louis Jordan y su grupo Tympany Five, que inspiraron a Johnson a cambiar la danza por el saxofón alto. Su madre consiguió un saxofón de segunda mano y pronto se embarcó en nueva aventura artística.

Reginald Johnson is a meritorious musician from Panama, whose trajectory has carved the Isthmus musical history. From its beginnings in the dance, to its countless concerts with international luminaries, Johnson's experiences star in the musical tribute of the 17th Panama Jazz Festival. Panamanian saxophonist Reginald Reggie Johnson is a worthy representative of Panamanian music and a great honoree of the seventeenth edition of the Panama Jazz Festival. He was born on November 17, 1939 in Panama City and is the oldest of three brothers. The musical affinity perhaps inherited it from his mother, who played the Hawaiian guitar. However, his melodic journey began during his adolescence through dance, in floor show shows with his sister Marva, with whom he executed complex tapping steps in club houses and diverse centers in the cities of Panama and Colon. His crush on music came from the melodies of the American musician Louis Jordan and his group Tympany Five, which inspired Johnson to change the dance for the alto saxophone. His mother got a second-hand saxophone and soon embarked on a new artistic adventure.

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Friday, January 17
 

8:00pm