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EDDIE PALMIERI

Eddie Palmieri recently performed at the Icon Lounge in Palo Alto, CA to an enthusiatic audience. Peter Maiden (peter@maidenfoto.com), Bay Area free-lance photographer and frequent contributor to Salsaroots.com  was there and captured wonderful images of the concert. Salsaroots is happy to present a few of his photos to give you a little taste of the event. For those of you who are not familiar with Maestro Palmieri’s work, here’s some information to explain what all the fuss is about.

Eddie Palmieri's musical career spans 37 years as a bandleader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. He has made more than 30 recordings and has been awarded five Grammys, including the first presentation in the Best Latin Album category for his 1975 release The Sun of Latin Music and the following year for Unfinished Masterpiece.

Eddie Palmieri was born in Spanish Harlem in 1936 and began his study of piano  at an early age, following the footsteps of  his celebrated older brother, the late salsa legend and pianist Charlie Palmieri. At age 11, he made his classical debut at Carnegie Hall and by age 13 he was playing ,  the timbales in his uncle’s band. But at age 15 he returned to the piano which he continues to play today.

He began his playing piano professionally in the early '50s with bands such as the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra before forming his own band, the legendary "Conjunto La Perfecta," in 1961. La Perfecta featured a ground breaking trombone section (led by the late Barry Rogers) which substituted for  trumpets, something that had been rarely done in Latin music. Since then Palmieri has been known for  unconventional style of orchestration. La Perfecta was known as "the band with the crazy roaring elephants" referring to the configuration of two trombones, flute, percussion, bass and vocalist.

Palmieri's musical compositions are a melding of Afro-Cuban sounds and rhythms with jazz influences from artists such as Art Tatum,  Bill Evans, Horace Silver, Bud Powell, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis.

In 1999 Eddie Palmieri released EL RUMBERO DEL PIANO, his first Salsa CD in nearly 11 years and re-affirmed himself as an innovator and leader of one of Latin music's most phenomenal dance bands. Accompanied by the finest musicians of New York and Puerto Rico, Palmieri presents a sensational combination of salsa, bomba, plena, son montuno and jazz. El Rumbero del Piano is a spectrum of memorable and danceable music in nine outstanding tracks, featuring vocals by Wichy Camacho and Herman Olivera, two of Latin music's most inspiring singers.

For more photos of Salsa musicians and dancers by Peter Maiden  contact him at peter@maidenfoto.com or visit his website: http://www.maidenfoto.com