Sat 3 Mar 2012

Eddie Palmieri, one of the world’s most exciting and renowned Latin pianists and leader of both Latin Jazz and Salsa Orchestras will be touring Australia in March 2012 with his Afro-Carribean Jazz group, the Latin Jazz Sextet – featuring among others Jose Claussell on Timbales and the Grammy winning Trumpet player, Brian Lynch.

The legendary nine-time Grammy Award winner is a groundbreaking composer and arranger, who has carved a signature musical style that is unequivocal in its inventive, and at times, avant-garde approach. As such, he has consistently challenged the boundaries of both Salsa and Latin Jazz.

Eddie Palmieri has a discography that includes 36 albums and has been awarded nine Grammy Awards. The first Grammy Award he received was in 1975 for the recording entitled “The Sun of Latin Music,” a historic moment, as it was the first time the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) recognized Latin Music. He would win again the following year for “Unfinished Masterpiece,” “Palo Pa ‘ Rumba” in 1984, “Solito” in 1985 and “La Verdad” in 1987. He received both a Latin Grammy and a traditional Grammy for the 2000 release with Tito Puente entitled “Obra Maestra/Masterpiece,” “Listen Here!” would win in 2006 and “Simpatico” in 2007, a collaborative effort with trumpet master Brian Lynch (with whom he is touring). That same year, “Simpatico” was recognized by the Jazz Journalist Association as Best Latin Jazz Album. In 1993, Mr. Palmieri was appointed to the Board of Governors of the New York chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and in 1995 he was instrumental in creating the new category for Latin Jazz. His album “Palmas” was among the nominees in this newly created category, and in 1996 he was nominated once again for his album “Arete.”

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 black and latin styles resulting in a free-form sound that encompassed elements of salsa, funk, soul and jazz. Further to this proclivity for creating and performing in funk latin style, Little Louie Vega invited Eddie to record “Nuyorican Soul,” in 1997, a release which became a huge hit with dancers and dj’s in the house and underground music scene.
Watch out and listen up for the unique experience that is Eddie Palmieri!

When: Saturday 3 March 2012
Where: The Hi Fi
With: DJ Mick Williams (PBS' Latin Connection) and Ms Emma Peel (PBS' Switched On)
Tix: or 1300 843 443, or Polyestor Records