Eddie Palmieri - piano
Jonathan Powell – trumpet
Louis Fouché – saxophone
Claussell – timbales
Orlando Vega - bongos
Vincente "Litlle Johnny" Rivero – congas
Luques Curtis - bass
of Sveti Nikola, June
29 at 10 p.m.
Eddie Palmieri is one of
the great icons of salsa and Latin jazz music, earning himself such titles as
The Sun Of Latin Music, Th e Wild Man Of Salsa, and The Latin Jazz Messenger. Over
the past five decades, Eddie has released 36 albums and has received nine
Grammy Awards for his contribution to world music.
Palmieri was born in New York City in 1936, into a family of Puerto Rican
immigrants, but owes his Italian name to the fact that his great-grandfather
was born in Florence and emigrated to Puerto Rico in the early 19th century.
Palmieri began piano
studies at an early age and participated in several piano competitions as early
as eight years old. He played timbales in his uncle's orchestra for a short while,
but at the age of 15 he forsook percussions to definitively return to piano. His
earliest musical development was greatly influenced by his nine-year senior brother
Charlie, the salsa legend, now deceased.
career started in the early 1950s in well-established orchestras, and in 1961
he formed Conjunto La Perfecta, the band which is still considered one of the
most influential and innovative bands of the time. His unconventional approach
to orchestration is best reflected in his replacing La Perfecta's trumpets with
the trombone section, which was a unique thing in Latin music back then. He will
once again surprise critics and his fans with the 1971 release entitled Harlem
This recording was the first to really merge elements of jazz, salsa, funk, and
In his eventful career he
received a number of awards and honorary titles, including the rare honour from
the Smithsonian Institute that recorded two of Palmieri's performances for
their catalogue of the National Museum of American History in 1988. Palmieri
got his latest Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2007 for the album
recorded with the trumpeter Brian Lynch.
Afro-Caribbean Jazz All Stars is one of Americas’ hottest Latin jazz and salsa
bands. As the British magazine Crescendo
has noted: "Eddie Palmieri produces an explosive combination of salsa and
jazz, which generates tremendous excitement and enthusiasm wherever the band