Category Archives: Jazz Musicians of Panama

The Issue of Exposure to Culture

A classic Wurlitzer Juke Box of the kind you could find in the cantinas. Image:

Living and growing up in the Panama of our times was always a total paradox. As someone said about being in such a state and trying to get untangled, “To manage a paradox you need to live with it as well as analyze it.” That is what I have being trying to do thus far along with chronicling how it has been with my people, as part of the Silver People of the Panama Canal Zone since its inception. Continue reading

The Evolution of Barrio Musicians

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I’ve held on to the subject of my experience with the Instituto Nacional marching band because, as I’ve come to find out, it is a topic near and dear to us the Westindian kids who grew up in Panama. Continue reading

Panama Jazz Festival Will be a Real Treat

This year The Panama Jazz Festival, which celebrates it ninth version, is even better organized and promises to be an all around treat for not only Jazz enthusiasts but for budding Jazz virtuosos. Continue reading

Soccer and the Hazel Scott of Panama

This is Dolores Leacock, the jazz pianist who became known as the Hazel Scott of Panama. Photo thanks to her daughter Yvette Padgett.

Classic photo of the talented Hazel Scott. Photo became the cover image for Karen Chilton’s book about her life.


After my failed attempt at continuing our organized basketball team I began gravitating to the field just on the other side of the schoolyard after class. It was the part of the field with a high cement wall all around its perimeter. There I thought I would find new friends who had the same interests I did- namely new games to get into. Continue reading

The “Pasos” of Good Dancing

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By 1950 we were nearing half a century of Republican life and, from first hand knowledge, the youths of the country were already demonstrating an angry countenance that reflected Barrio poverty and the meager futures that awaited us. Continue reading

Armando Boza- Musician and Orchestra Director Extraordinaire. Part II

Armando Boza accompanies Beny More.

Armando Boza in a classic group photo.

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In June of 1958, Cuban singer and composer, Beny Moré (Bartolomé Moré) arrived in Panama to give radio and live presentations in the capitol and in the interior of the country.

When Beny discovers that Armando Boza was in the country he immediately requests that he be backed by his orchestra since Boza had accompanied him during two previous “Carnavals” in Panama with resounding success. The same thing happened in Lima when Boza backed Beny up along with Cuban pianist Rolando Columbie. This is just a glimpse into the quality of Boza’s performance as a professional musician. Continue reading