The first time I went to a dance in Colon was because most everyone I knew at school had reassured me that they were going to be there. So, I asked Pug to go with me but she refused, averring that she wasn’t really a dancer. It would have been the first dance in which I would meet some of my classmates socially, so I was eager to go. Continue reading
The Nicholas Brothers from the United States, are pictured here doing some fantastic stunts. Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_brothers
The fact that I had been doing well with bringing in more work for the car wash business allowed me to keep some money for my meals and the evening “Bun” and Royal Crown soda that allowed me to participate at school. I was in the top fourth year class A as we promoted to the next year and I met others who joined our class and some who did not attend Abel Bravo College at all.
I had always prided myself on being amongst the crème de la crème of the student body both in Panama and in Colon. Now I had started making new friends as a member of the school choir which was composed of these students who had passed on into the regular life of Colon and would just show up to hang out or to sing with us in Professor Carlos Grant’s Coro. Continue reading
This is Armando Boza and his original La Perfecta. He is the standing figure in the middle. Image thanks to Critica.com
It is indeed difficult to follow up someone like Victor Boa but with all the buzz about Jazz in Panama this week, when Panama is again (for the seventh year) hosting the Panama Jazz Festival, only the great Armando Boza was a fitting profile to come next. Continue reading
This is Victor Boa at the piano with his signature pipe (or cigar) in mouth. He was about 60 in this image as he played at the Plaza Paitilla Inn. He gave this photo to Armando Boza a few days before his death.
This was the LP Victor Boa recorded on the Taboga/Discos Istmeños label in 1970.
We can, with all certainty, say that Victor Boa has had one of the profoundest effects on the Panamanian music scene; that is until the young Jazz virtuoso, Danilo Perez, came along to give our country some kind of cultural definition. But, even Danilo has genuflected to one of his most admired heroes, Victor Boa, and dedicated the 2005 Panama Jazz Festival to this enormously talented and unsung Maestro. Continue reading