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The Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra TONIGHT at SOB’s!!

August 3, 2012

Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold pioneering drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of both Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, Eddie began piano studies at an early age, as did his celebrated older brother, the late Salsa legend and pianist, Charlie Palmieri. For Latin New Yorkers of Eddie’s generation, music was a vehicle out of El Barrio. At age 11, he auditioned at Weil Recital Hall, next door to Carnegie Hall, a venue as far from the Bronx as he could imagine. Possessed by a desire to play the drums, Palmieri joined his Uncle’s orchestra at age 13, where he played timbales. Says Palmieri, “By 15, it was good-bye timbales and back to the piano until this day. I’m a frustrated percussionist, so I take it out on the piano.”
Eddie Palmieri has a discography that includes 36 titles and has been awarded nine Grammy Awards. Last month the National Endowment for the Arts announced that he would be inducted into its next class of Jazz Masters: an accolade long in coming for one of the great pianists in Latin jazz, and one of the most important bandleaders in salsa. Not that Mr. Palmieri, at 75, seems likely to rest on his laurels anytime soon: He appears here as part of EP75, a worldwide series of events celebrating his lifetime achievements. At 9 and 11 p.m., S.O.B.’s, 204 Varick Street, at Houston Street, South Village, (212) 243-4940, sobs.com

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