Panama-born Danilo Perez never intended to be a diplomat. Maybe an electrical engineer. Definitely a jazz pianist. But a job in government? No way. Nevertheless Perez can now add the title cultural ambassador to his résumé. Last year Panamanian president Mireya Moscoso appointed Perez an official keeper of his country's cultural flame, and the pianist accepted wholeheartedly. "I said, "Wow! That happens to be great,'" he says on the phone from his home in Boston about his new job, adding that he isn't the first cultural envoy but probably the only one who is a jazz cat. The honorary lifelong position does not daunt the 34-year-old musician, who maintains his task is to "bring awareness of... More >>>