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Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

Eddie Palmieri

Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8 pm
Ventura High School Theater
2 Catalina Street, Ventura, CA

A totally celebratory sound, so mesmeric and soul-wrenchingly right that you want it to go on forever. Time Out, London

Celebrate Valentine’s weekend with Eddie Palmieri and his Latin Jazz Band, winner of nine Grammy awards and the 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master (the highest honor bestowed by the United States). Eddie’s music is renowned for its infectious sound, distinctive orchestrations and trailblazing style. His music in the 1970’s was the first to incorporate elements of salsa, funk, soul, jazz, and a band comprised of Latin and African-American musicians. His initial Grammy Award, in 1975, was the first time Latin music was recognized by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

Born in Spanish Harlem, Eddie began piano studies at an early age and joined his uncle’s band when he was 13. His first band, “La Perfecta,” formed in 1961, soon became known as “the band with the crazy roaring elephants” as it incorporated a trombone section instead the standard trumpets. At the Ventura Music Festival, Mr. Palmieri’s band will include Anthony Carrillo, Luques Curtis, Louis Fouche, Camilo Molina, Jonathan Powell and Vicente Rivero.

Be prepared for dancing in the aisles!

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