This musician of world fame of Latin Jazz will be performing his biggest hits for the enjoyment of all the attendees
Start May enjoying the best Latin Jazz Concert in Yoshi’s (Oakland- CA), one of the most important and recognized genre clubs in the area.
Venue: 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607
Box Office: (510) 238-9200
¬ EDDIE PALMIERI: One of the finest Latin jazz pianists
DATE: Saturday, May 11th DATE: Sunday, May 12th
SHOW: 7:30PM & 9:30PM SHOW: 7:00PM & 9:00PM
PRICE: $39 – $75 PRICE: $32 – $69
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.
Palmieri’s 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 uncle’s orchestra, playing timbales.
Palmieri’s professional career as a pianist took off with various bands in the early 1950s including: Eddie Forrester, Johnny Segui’s, 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 band’s music in the 2000s.
Palmieri perfected his arranging skills in the 1970’s 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 (he’s 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 Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, recorded two of Palmieri’s performances for its archives in 1988. Because of Palmieri’s proclivity for creating music in funk Latin style, Little Louie Vega invited him to record on “Nuyorican Soul” (1997), a release that became very popular in the house and underground music scenes.
In 2012, Palmieri continued to innovate, celebrating 75 years with new music included in the original score for a documentary co-directed by Bobbito Garcia called “Doin it in the Park”, that explores the cultural influence of playground basketball on sports and music.
Palmieri’s music recorded for the documentary was released as a soundtrack in November of 2013. This was Eddie’s first time recording his own new music since winning back-to-back Grammys in 2005 and 2006. The songs featured in the documentary are part of Eddie’s next full-length album, “Sabiduría”, which will be released in 2017. “Sabiduría” is a fusion of Jazz, Funk and Latin fused with Afro-world rhythms.
In 2015, Palmieri released a new Big Band version of his classic composition, “Vámonos Pa’l Monte”, along with the first ever studio recording of another popular Palmieri original, “Pa’ La Ocha Tambo”. Likewise, in 2016/17, he also recorded a Big Band album, titled “Mi Luz Mayor”, which features Carlos Santana and Gilberto Santa Rosa.
In the spring 2017, this famous pianist released Sabiduría/Wisdom, rolling out his new music in successive volumes.
Palmieri followed up the release of Sabiduria/Wisdom in 2018 by releasing “Full Circle” as a salsa album and the world’s first interactive Salsa app.
Eddie Palmieri celebrated his 81st Birthday on December 15, 2017 after concluding a year-long tour entitled “EP @ 80” and continues an active touring and recording schedule. To major information and concert details, please, visit: https://www.yoshis.com/search/?q=EDDIE%20PALMIERI