Danilo Pérez believes that jazz is one of the best tools of international diplomacy.

The Panamanian pianist and composer puts that belief into practice. In addition to his game-changing career in which he’s played with artists including Dizzy Gillespie and a long relationship with Wayne Shorter, Pérez also serves as UNESCO’s artist for peace, the cultural ambassador to the Republic of Panama, founder of the Panama Jazz Festival and founder and artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

Pérez recently visited Toronto for two nights of performances at Koerner Hall, presented by The Royal Conservatory. While in town, he dropped by the JAZZ.FM91 studios for a conversation about the global reach of jazz, and how music is a powerful antidote to the ills of society.