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12May
Eddie Palmieri
9:00 PM - 11:59 PM Yoshi's - Jack London Square
Date: May 12, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Where: Yoshi's - Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, California, United States, 94607
Phone: N/A
Event Type: Concerts & Music
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Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri.Palmieris parents emigrated from Ponce, Puerto Rico to New York City in 1926. Born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Palmieri learned to play the piano at an early age, and at 13, he joined his uncles orchestra, playing timbales.Palmieris professional career as a pianist took off with various bands in the early 1950s including Eddie Forrester, Johnny Seguis, and the popular Tito Rodriguez Orchestra. In 1961, Palmieri formed his own band, La Perfecta, which featured an unconventional front line of trombones rather than the trumpets customary in Latin orchestras. This created an innovative sound that mixed American jazz into Afro-Caribbean rhythms, surprising critics and fans alike. Palmieri disbanded La Perfecta in 1968 to pursue different musical endeavors, though he would return to the bands music in the 2000s.Palmieri perfected his arranging skills in the 1970s releasing several impressive recordings that reflected his unorthodox approach to music. His unconventional style would once again surprise critics and fans with the 1970 release entitled Harlem River Drive. This recording was the first to merge what were categorized as Black and Latin music into a free-form sound that encompassed elements of salsa, funk, soul and jazz. In 1975, Palmieri won the first-ever Grammy for Best Latin Recording for The Sun of Latin Music (hes won ten Grammys altogether to date), including two for his influential recording with Tito Puente, Obra Maestra/Masterpiece.Recognizing Palmieri as an American icon, the Smithsonians National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, recorded two of Palmieris performances for its archives
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