Ed Palermo

Ed Palermo is a alto sax player and arranger; he has had a big band for twenty-five years, which is an impressive feat in itself, and has had his band performing the music of Frank Zappa for over a decade. Years and years of playing these pieces in front of enthusiastic crowds at a number of venues in New York City and beyond have honed the band’s skills with this difficult material to where they can glide through these charts as if they were butter. There are a number of ensembles performing the music of this great 20th century American composer, but no one does it with this ease, skill and originality; Ed is not afraid to turn a piece into a salsa number (the title track) or to take what was a one minute miniature and to develop it out into a six minute work. The band is a 15 piece ensemble of 6 woodwind players, two trumpeters, three trombonists, two keyboardists, bass and drums, plus a few guests. All of these musicians are NYC professionals, and they have been playing this music for years with Ed, because, like Ed, they recognize and appreciate the genius inherent in the huge body of Zappa's work, and they want to keep this great music alive and in front of the public.

“[Palermo's] wisely chosen to emphasize Zappa's early and mid-career work, as that's the music which is more fluid and graceful—and more apt to swing....reveals the lighthearted playfulness and rhythmic intelligence at the core of Zappa's best work...” - Downbeat.

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October 11, 2017

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November 14, 2009

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The Ed Palermo Big Band Pays Tribute to Music Legend Frank Zappa

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“[Palermo's] wisely chosen to emphasize Zappa's early and mid-career work, as that's the music which is more fluid and graceful—and more apt to swing....reveals the lighthearted playfulness and rhythmic intelligence at the core of Zappa's best work...” - Downbeat.

“In arranging Zappa's tunes for big band, Ed Palermo has thrown new light on his legacy while retaining the composer's original melodic and harmonic designs. The arrangements also leave plenty of room for the band's gifted soloists...” - The Washington Post.

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Discography

A Lousy Day In Harlem

A Lousy Day In Harlem

Sky Cat Records
2019

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The Great Un-American Songbook, Volumes I & II

The Great Un-American...

Cuneiform Records
2017

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The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren

The Adventures of...

Cuneiform Records
2017

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One Child Left Behind

One Child Left Behind

Cuneiform Records
2016

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Oh No! Not Jazz!!

Oh No! Not Jazz!!

Cuneiform Records
2014

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Eddy Loves Frank

Eddy Loves Frank

Cuneiform Records
2009

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