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The Ed Palermo Big Band The Ed Palermo Big Band

Under the leadership of arranger/ composer/ bandleader/ saxophonist Ed Palermo, the Ed Palermo Big Band has been together since 1980, performing live around New York (NYC’s Iridium, Marlboro’s The Falcon) and at US and international jazz (and Zappa!) festivals, and recording albums to the delight of fans and critics worldwide. Composed of top-notch jazz musicians, the tightly-honed big band performs Palermo’s extraordinary arrangements, which combine music from the worlds of rock, pop and blues (Frank Zappa, Todd Rundgren, Paul Butterfield, The Beatles) alongside jazz (Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Mile Davis) and Palermo originals. Their New York shows are typically sold-out events: irresistibly entertaining evenings featuring remarkable music topped with good humor. Just as Duke Ellington and Count Basie's orchestras spoke to their 20th century audiences, the Ed Palermo Big Band keeps the tradition of big band jazz alive in the 21st century, embracing the world of popular music of which it's a part.

The Ed Palermo Big Band has released nearly ten recordings on Cuneiform Records, Sky Cat and other labels. These albums have received rave reviews from a wide array of jazz and music magazines including DownBeat, Jazz Times and Jazziz, all of whom have featured Palermo and his band. Online magazine The Daily Beast recently listed Palermo as one of the top 40 “intriguing musicians to watch out for.”

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”Twenty-first century big-band music doesn’t get more exciting and impressive than this.” – Jeff Tamarkin, Jazz Times

“ of the greatest musicians and arrangers in the world.” —Christian McBride

“Ed Palermo is real good for jazz. ...this saxophonist, composer and arranger moves his big band t consider any source an engaging good time.” – Gary Walker, “Morning Jazz,” WBGO

...Palermo has a self-effacing, unconventional sense of wit, which never gets in the way of Palermo’s task, which is to array his big band within jazz’s history, tradition and fidelity

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Album The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren by The Ed Palermo Big Band

The Adventures of...

Cuneiform Records

Album The Great Un-American Songbook: Volumes 1 and 2 by The Ed Palermo Big Band

The Great Un-American...

Cuneiform Records

Album One Child Left Behind by The Ed Palermo Big Band

One Child Left Behind

Cuneiform Records

Album On No! Not Jazz!! by The Ed Palermo Big Band

On No! Not Jazz!!

Cuneiform Records



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