Eddie Palmieri

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Birth nameEddie Palmieri_header_cell_0_2_0 Eduardo PalmieriEddie Palmieri_cell_0_2_1
BornEddie Palmieri_header_cell_0_3_0 (1936-12-15) December 15, 1936 (age 83)

New York City, U.S.Eddie Palmieri_cell_0_3_1

GenresEddie Palmieri_header_cell_0_4_0 Eddie Palmieri_cell_0_4_1
Occupation(s)Eddie Palmieri_header_cell_0_5_0 Musician, bandleader, composerEddie Palmieri_cell_0_5_1
InstrumentsEddie Palmieri_header_cell_0_6_0 PianoEddie Palmieri_cell_0_6_1
Years activeEddie Palmieri_header_cell_0_7_0 1955–presentEddie Palmieri_cell_0_7_1
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WebsiteEddie Palmieri_header_cell_0_9_0 Eddie Palmieri_cell_0_9_1

Eddie Palmieri (born December 15, 1936) is a Grammy Award-winning pianist, bandleader, musician, and composer of Puerto Rican ancestry. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_0

He is the founder of the bands La Perfecta, La Perfecta II, and Harlem River Drive. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_1

Early life Eddie Palmieri_section_0

Palmieri's parents moved to New York from Ponce, Puerto Rico, in 1926, and settled in the South Bronx, a largely Jewish neighborhood. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_2

There, he and his elder brother, Charlie Palmieri, were born. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_3

He accompanied Charlie and participated in many talent contests when he was eight years old. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_4

Palmieri continued his education in the city's public school system where he was constantly exposed to music, specifically jazz. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_5

He took piano lessons and performed at Carnegie Hall when he was 11 years old. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_6

His main influences were Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_7

Inspired by his older brother, he was determined to someday form his own band – something he achieved in 1950, when he was fourteen years old. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_8

During the 1950s, Palmieri played in various bands, including Tito Rodríguez's. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_9

First recordings Eddie Palmieri_section_1

In 1961, Palmieri founded the band Conjunto La Perfecta, which featured singer Ismael Quintana. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_10

Apart from the big bands, at the beginning of the decade the Pachanga (Cuba) was the Latin dance craze. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_11

Essential to the Charanga style is the five key wooden flute and at least two violins. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_12

Palmieri decided to replace the violins with two trombones for a heavier sound. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_13

Two key elements to the 'Palmieri' sound were trombonists Barry Rogers (who was very influential as well as guitarist Bob Bianco, who Palmieri studied harmony with to the fourth chords sound that Palmieri is known for) and Brazilian-born José Rodrígues. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_14

Together they were responsible for many of the 'head' arrangements, mambos and moñas that the band recorded. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_15

George Castro (flute), Manny Oquendo (bongó and timbales), Tommy López (conga) and Dave Pérez (bass) rounded out the group. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_16

To this day, the group is known as one of the swingingest, most danceable, innovative and influential groups of that period. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_17

Palmieri experimented by including a touch of jazz in his recordings, and incorporating a popular Cuban rhythm known as mozambique. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_18

Lo Que Traigo Es Sabroso (What I Bring is Saucy) and Mozambique are just two examples of his use of this rhythm. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_19

Seeking a bigger and punchier sound, Palmieri disbanded the band in 1968. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_20

In 1971, Palmieri recorded Vamonos Pa'l Monte (Let's go to the Mountain) with his brother Charlie at the organ. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_21

That same year he also recorded Eddie Palmieri & Friends in Concert, At the University of Puerto Rico. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_22

In 1975, Palmieri won the first Grammy Award for Best Latin Recording with The Sun of Latin Music (produced by Harvey Averne and arranged by René Hernández, long-time pianist with the orchestra led by Machito, and Barry Rogers (Un Día Bonito)). Eddie Palmieri_sentence_23

On July 21, 1979, he appeared at the Amandla Festival along with Bob Marley, Dick Gregory and Patti LaBelle, among others. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_24

In the 1980s, Ismael Quintana returned to the band, which also included Cheo Feliciano. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_25

Palmieri won two Grammys for the recordings of Palo Pa' Rumba and Solito. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_26

He also recorded the album La Verdad (The Truth) with salsa singer Tony Vega in 1987. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_27

The next year, his brother Charlie died suddenly. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_28

In the 1990s, Palmieri had participated in various concerts and recordings with the Fania All-Stars and the Tico All-Stars; he also introduced La India with the production of Llegó La India via Eddie Palmieri (La India has arrived via Eddie Palmieri), released in 1992. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_29

In 1998, Palmieri received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_30

In 2000, Palmieri announced his retirement from the world of music. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_31

However, he recorded Masterpiece with Tito Puente and won two Grammys; additionally he was also named the "Outstanding Producer of the Year" by the National Foundation of Popular Culture. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_32

Palmieri has won a total of 9 Grammy Awards in his career, most recently for his 2006 album Simpático. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_33

On November 6, 2004, Palmieri directed a "Big Band Tribute" to his late brother Charlie at Avery Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_34

La Perfecta Eddie Palmieri_section_2

Palmieri's La Perfecta departed from the traditional Cuban sources of salsa instrumentation by introducing a new stylistic device into the New York Latin sound. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_35

Their signature sound relied heavily on two trombones and a flute instead of trumpets. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_36

On the liner notes of their first album, Eddie's brother Charlie dubbed this combination the 'trombanga', referring to the trombones and the still popular charanga which typically featured the flute. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_37

The combination helped to give La Perfecta a rich and bold sound which contributed to Palmieri's success with his new band. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_38

The trombone-based sound was later adopted by salsa band leaders Willie Colón and Manny Oquendo, among others. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_39

La Perfecta II Eddie Palmieri_section_3

Palmieri formed a new band, La Perfecta II, with whom he recorded the CD Ritmo Caliente (Hot Rhythm). Eddie Palmieri_sentence_40

On April 30, 2005, "Mi Día Bonito", a tribute to Eddie Palmieri celebrating his 50 years in the world of music, took place at the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_41

The event included the participation of Lalo Rodríguez, Ismael Quintana, Cheo Feliciano, La India, Hermán Olivera, Jerry Medina, Luis Vergara and Wichy Camacho. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_42

In November and December 2005, Palmieri teamed up with longtime trumpeter and band member Brian Lynch to record the Artistshare CD release The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project: Simpático. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_43

This CD and accompanying multimedia web site features music by an all-star roster of jazz and Latin jazz artists, including Phil Woods, Lila Downs, Donald Harrison, Conrad Herwig, Giovanni Hidalgo, Gregory Tardy, Mario Rivera, Boris Kozlov, Rubén Rodríguez, Luques Curtis, Robby Ameen, Dafnis Prieto, Pedro Martínez, Johnny Rivero, Edsel Gómez, Yosvany Terry. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_44

In 2007, the recording was awarded a Grammy as the best Latin Jazz Recording. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_45

Back in the studio Eddie Palmieri_section_4

Palmieri returned to the studio to record three songs for the soundtrack to Doin' it in the Park: Pickup Basketball NYC. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_46

The documentary, co-directed by Bobbito García and Kevin Couliau, explores the relationship between NYC playgrounds, basketball, arts and culture. Eddie Palmieri_sentence_47

Discography Eddie Palmieri_section_5

See also Eddie Palmieri_section_6

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