Eddie Palmieri

Eddie @ 80

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We’re bending “the rules” a bit here for the 2017/2018 Dr. Carlos Perez-Mesa Memorial Concert – but with good reason. Neither our “Host” or any member of his “Classic Septet” is actually a Cuban native, but alas, Latin Jazz icon Eddie Palmieri, who was born in Harlem to Puerto Rican parents and raised in the Bronx is considered by one and all in the know as the reigning patriarch of Afro-Latin music in the United States.
  After 15 years, Palmieri makes his long-awaited return to the Jazz Series. Having become an octogenarian within the last year, Mr. Palmieri’s tour is aptly subtitled: “Eiddie @ 80” and he’s accompanied by some of Latin jazz’s best known souls.  
  As veteran critic Larry Blumenfeld noted recently in the Village Voice during a mid-May performance in New York City, “…[His] head bobbing, shoulders hunched, elbows squared, fingers splayed, Palmieri displayed such command over bandmates and audience. You are in his grip. You will be excited. There’s no stopping it, no better place to be.”
  The opportunity to see National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, Maestro Palmieri, still one of today’s most influential and exciting performers, should not be missed! Help him celebrate his 80th Birthday!

Sunday, Oct 29, 2017

"MU Arts and Science Jazz Experience"

Doors: 6:00 PM | Start: 7:00 PM
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Eddie @ 80

Eddie Palmieri: Piano
Jonathan Powell: Trumpet
Louis Fouche: Alto Saxophone
Luques Curtis: Bass
Vicente "Little Johnny" Rivero: Congas
Camilo Molina: Timbales
Nicky Marrero: Bongo/timbalitos

"Palmieri's genius is to stay rooted at the rhythmic heart of his band while playing with the improvisational flair of Horace Silver or McCoy Tyner. It is a musical sleight of hand that effortlessly links the salsa dura of his 1960s heyday to hard bop and beyond."

- The Guardian

"Mr. Palmieri's tough, percussive pianism was essential at every turn, his solos serving a larger purpose. On "Palo Pa' Rumba" he created a cycle of pauses and outbursts, the balance between them gradually favoring the former, so that the heart of the solo seemed to rest in silence."

- The New York Times


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