Eddie Palmieri to be honored with the Latin Recording Academy®’s Lifetime Achievement Award

September 03, 2013

“It is with great pride that we announce this year’s honorees, who not only epitomize the essence of true masters of their craft and genre, but represent the global musical spectrum that encompasses the Latin community at large,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “We continue to be humbled by their contributions to the musical legacy of the Latin world, and celebrate and honor their accomplishments and the talent that they have graciously shared with us over the decades, which will continue to endure for generations to come.”

Link to Full Press Release from the Academy

Eddie Palmieri to receive the Nation’s Highest Honor in Jazz

July 18, 2012

“Known as one of the finest Latin jazz pianists of the past 50 years, Eddie Palmieri is also known as a bandleader of both salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of Puerto Rico with the melody and complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk and NEA Jazz Masters Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner. ”

About NEA Jazz Masters:

Each year since 1982, the Arts Endowment has conferred the NEA Jazz Masters Award to living legends who have made major contributions to jazz. With this new class, 128 awards have been given to great figures of jazz in America, including Count Basie, George Benson, Art Blakey, Dave Brubeck, Betty Carter, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, John Levy, Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Cecil Taylor, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and Teddy Wilson.

Link to Official Announcement from NEA

Eddie Palmieri’s 50th Year Anniversary DVD

Release Date of Tuesday August 16, 2011!

Eddie Palmieri, one of the most exciting and renowned Latin pianists and leader of both Latin Jazz and Salsa Orchestras will be releasing his first official DVD on Tuesday, August 16th, entitled “Eddie Palmieri 50th Year Anniversary DVD,” which will be sold exclusively on his website.

The DVD captures a unique live performance filmed at the Bushnell Auditorium in Hartford, CT. Mr. Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra perform many of his greatest hits on this anticipated DVD. The DVD also features an intimate interview of Mr. Palmieri where he shares his life story with poignant reflections, along with his creative inspirations for songwriting. The legendary nine-time Grammy award winner is a groundbreaking composer and arranger, who has carved a signature musical style that is unequivocal in its inventive, and at times, avant-garde approach. As such, he has consistently challenged the boundaries of both Salsa and Latin Jazz.

DC Jazz Festival

April 26, 2011

The organizers of the D.C. Jazz Festival announced this morning that pianist Eddie Palmieri along with Jimmy Heath will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at this year’s event. Heath and Palmieri will join such DCJF Hall-of-Famers as Dr. Billy Taylor and Ellis Marsalis. DC Jazz Festival executive producer Charles Fishman said in a statement that “[n]o words could adequately express how much Mr. Heath and Mr. Palmieri have impacted the jazz genre and community.”

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Long Island Music Hall of Fame

October 28, 2010

Port Jefferson, NY, PRNewswire

“The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) is proud to announce its Third Induction Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala, on Tuesday, November 16th, at the famed Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY. Inductees include star of the Latin music world Eddie Palmieri, who will be inducted by Grammy Award-winning producer Rene Lopez.

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Eddie Palmieri’s “Azucar Pa Ti” inducted into the 2009 National Recording Registry of the United States Library of Congress

June 23, 2010

“Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), is tasked with selecting 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old.

Additions to the registry also feature notable performances by Little Richard, Willie Nelson, The Band, The Staple Singers, Eddie Palmieri, Ethel Merman and Patti Smith.”

“16. “Azucar Pa Ti,” Eddie Palmieri (1965)
This breakthrough album was the result of a conscious effort by pianist and bandleader Eddie Palmieri to recreate on record the new Latin sounds that he and his eight-piece “La Perfecta” band were playing nightly in New York nightclubs and ballrooms in the early 1960s, and it set trends for years to come. Though steeped in the earlier Afro-Cuban styles that he loved, Palmieri led a band that represented several Latin music traditions and was particularly distinguished by the contributions of the hard-charging, Bronx-born trombonist Barry Rogers.”

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The Museum of Musical Instruments honors
Eddie Palmieri with an induction into their
Celebrity Gallery

April 24, 2010

Eddie Palmieri was inducted into the Celebrity Gallery of the new ground breaking Museum of Musical Instruments located in Phoenix, Arizona. In Mr. Palmieri’s gallery you will find memorabilia such as the first Grammy Award he won in 1975 for “The Sun of Latin Music,” the Yamaha piano he used to compose “Masterpiece/Obra Maestra,” (recorded with Tito Puente), his Chubb Fellowship Award, among other special items unique to his legacy in the world of music. Eddie Palmieri is most grateful for this tremendous honor as he is in the great company of Carlos Santana, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, George Benson, Dick Dale and Leonard Bernstein, to name a few. Please click on this link for more information about this extraordinary Museum and its mission:


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