2013 New Mexico Jazz Festival

Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

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Known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, pianist, NEA Jazz Master, and nine-time Grammy award winner, Eddie Palmieri, has a musical career that has spanned more than 50 years as a bandleader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. His first professional work came playing timbales as a teenager in brother Charlie Palmieri’s band. Eddie says he’s still a drummer at heart, but realized the piano –- which he’d studied in this youth –- was the instrument for him. A titan of Latin Jazz, he has been a musical force for since the 1950s, when he hosted the legendary mambo shows at New York’s Palladium Ballroom. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of Puerto Rico with the melody and complexity of his jazz influences, including Monk and fellow NEA Jazz Masters Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner. Palmieri is a groundbreaking composer and arranger who has carved a signature musical style that consistently challenges the boundaries of both Salsa and Latin Jazz. He has been called “the most consistently innovative artist in Afro-Cuban music in the United States for the past 30 years.” Joining Eddie Palmieri tonight will be Jonathan Powell, trumpet; Louis Fouche, alto saxophone; Orlando Vega, bongos; Vicente Rivero, congas; Jose Claussell, timbales; and Luques Curtis, bass.

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