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Eddie Palmieri is an NEA Jazz Master

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 ten 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. “Simpatico” was also recognized by the Jazz Journalist Association as Best Latin Jazz Album. In November, 2013 Mr. Palmieri received the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (LARAS) Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1993, he 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.”

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Sabiduria/Wisdom

Ropeadope
2017

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Self Produced
2014

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Repertoire Records
2013

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Repertoire Records
2011

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Sugar Daddy: Eddie...

Repertoire Records
2007

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Vamonos Pa'l Monte

Repertoire Records
2006

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