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BMI 10 Questions, April 16, 2013

If happiness were electricity, speaking with Eddie Palmieri would be literally shocking. The 76-year-old Latin jazz giant’s enthusiasm crackles through his conversation with the same joy that permeates his performances….
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Blouin ArtInfo, May 18, 2013

At 76, with nine Grammys on his mantle, Eddie Palmieri’s playing better than ever, and he heads up several different ensembles. He started a cutting-edge Latin jazz septet in the ’90s; I saw them stun an outdoor crowd at Houston iFest in 2010. Sometimes he plays with a quartet…
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Washington Post, January 27, 2013

In his storied 50-year career, Latin jazz pianist and bandleader Eddie Palmieri has released 36 albums and won nine Grammy Awards. Last week, he was dubbed an NEA Jazz Master at Lincoln Center, putting him in the same echelon as jazz greats Count Basie, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and Ella Fitzgerald…
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Art Info, January 16, 2013

The Jazz Masters assembled at Dizzy’s, the nightclub within Manhattan’s Jazz at Lincoln Center complex, were mostly sitting and mainly between the ages of 70 and 90 on Monday night at the annual National Endowment for the Arts ceremony and concert in their honor, but I got that same feeling. Up close, together, these figures seem ever more towering…..
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NY Times, January 15, 2013

Eddie Palmieri was eager to share the glory when he accepted his 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters award, at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on Monday night….
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NY Times, December 16, 2012

Mr. Palmieri’s tough, percussive pianism was essential at every turn, his solos serving a larger purpose. On “Palo Pa’ Rumba” he created a cycle of pauses and outbursts, the balance between them gradually favoring the former, so that the heart of the solo seemed to rest in silence. (Against such purposeful clamor this was a considerable feat.)……
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NY Times, December 13, 2012

Next month he will perform in a show at the Kennedy Center in Washington; also next month the National Endowment for the Arts will induct him as a “jazz master,” putting him in the company of keyboard luminaries like Count Basie, Dave Brubeck and Herbie Hancock……
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El Universal, May 27, 2012

Eddie Palmieri nunca había experimentado tantas emociones juntas. Ayer, en horas de la mañana, la leyenda de la salsa presenció las destrezas musicales de El Sistema de Orquestas de Venezuela. Su emoción no pudo disimularla……
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LA Times, August 7, 2012

Opening act Eddie Palmieri turned 75 last year, but he remains as iconoclastic as he was in the ’60s, when he burst into the New York club scene with tropical combo La Perfecta, his keyboard oozing mountains of dissonance and psychedelia…..
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International Review of Music, 2012

Palmieri began by playing an elegant piano solo, followed by a tornado of percussion and marvelously structured horn hooks….
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Noticias de Música, Jan. 8, 2012

El gran Eddie Palmieri, de gira por Europa, nos atendió para hablar de jazz, tensión, resistencia, nuevos músicos, futuros premios y muchas complicaciones…
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The Wall Street Journal, March 15, 2012

Although only three horns strong, this is easily the loudest band I’ve ever heard at the Blue Note (at least since Maynard Ferguson) and, quite possibly, the most exciting…
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Northside Records: Melbourne, Australia, March 7, 2012

It was a true honour to host Eddie Palmieri at Northside last Saturday. He is one of my most favourite artists of all time, and he was in my store! The day was a great success and I think Eddie was really happy and actually touched by all the love that came outta Fitzroy for him. There were over 100 people, and on a rainy Saturday that is incredible.

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The West, March 2, 2012

To quote that immortal musical response: he came, he saw, he conga’d. New York’s king of Latin jazz Eddie Palmieri, making only his second visit to the Festival in 12 years, invited the dancers to his concert to make a conga line during the encore. Palmieri conga’d, as well as cha cha’d, samba’d, mambo’d and salsa’d as the insistent rhythms of the percussionist and the congo drummer took hold.
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The West, March 2, 2012

To quote that immortal musical response: he came, he saw, he conga’d. New York’s king of Latin jazz Eddie Palmieri, making only his second visit to the Festival in 12 years, invited the dancers to his concert to make a conga line during the encore.
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Adelaide Now, March 2, 2012

The 2012 Adelaide Festival didn’t just open with a bang, it exploded in an eruption of fireworks, festivities and a party for hundreds with a legendary US sextet led by 75-year-old pianist Eddie Palmieri.
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Feast of Music, December 13, 2011

After more than 50 years of contributions to the world of Latin Music, pianist, percussionist, and composer Eddie Palmieri continues to dedicate his life to putting smiles, happiness and rhythm into people’s hearts. From the popular salsa, to the complex rhythms of Charanga, Latin Jazz, Mambo, Son, Montuno, Latin Soul, Boogaloo, and Cha-Cha, this Latin master knows no boundaries.
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Orange County Register, June 12, 2011

The pianist continues to guide his fiery, super-tight salsa ensemble through infectious, polyrhythmic journeys as though their lives depended on it. The crowd responded by coming to its feet, including both experienced salsa dancers and neophytes who couldn’t sit still.
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The Guardian, May 2, 2011

There is little space for dancing at Ronnie Scott’s, but everywhere you looked people were moving, shifting, tapping feet and fingertips to Palmieri’s infectious grooves. Waiting staff, their trays in hand, glided by in strict tempo. As Palmieri locked into the ferocious clave of Tito Puente’s Chang, a quick-footed waiter grabbed a passing friend by the hand and she performed a graceful arabesque.
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FT.com: Arts, April 28, 2011

Palmieri’s opening sequence laid bare his mesmeric piano style. Latin riffs supported offbeat dissonance, soul-jazz trills morphed into atonal runs and lushly harmonised romance adorned the underlying pulse. When the brass did finally arrive, their dramatic entry was answered by a quiet discord.
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Boston Globe, April, 2011

Then came the masters. Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynch led the students through Palmieri’s Latin-accented “Elena, Elena.’’ All performed masterfully, of course.
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Musica Jazz, April, 2011

Che sia un chiaro caso di omonimia? Perché l’Eddie Palmieri che abbiamo incontrato a noi di musicajazz.it sembra un ventenne con la voglia di mettersi in gioco, di rischiare il tutto per tutto e di dire al mondo che le idee da mettere in campo sono tante. Invece l’anagrafe dice che di anni, Palmieri, ne ha settantasei…
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Independent Weekly, January, 2011

The words “exciting” and “excitement” recur most often in any interview with Eddie Palmieri. With nine Grammys and 36 albums to his credit, the salsa pianist has been stoking those feelings on the bandstand for more than 50 years.
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Harvard Residency, Spring 2007

Afro-Cuban maestro participates in artist residency April 11-14 with trumpeter Brian Lynch; concert a sell-out at Sanders Theatre Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer and bandleader Eddie Palmieri, dubbed the “Sun of Latin Jazz,” was honored by Harvard University April 11-14, 2007. 
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Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Press Release, October 9, 2008

Chuck Cissel, Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, announced today the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony that will take place for a special black-tie celebration to be held at the new Jazz Depot on Wednesday evening, October 22, 2008. 
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Jazz Beyond Review, 2009

Eddie Palmieri, the genius and prophet of Afro-Caribbean jazz, showed Herbie Hancock, maybe Wynton Marsalis and certainly the roaring audience at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall a thing or three last weekend. 
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Jazz Times Review, December 31, 2009

Percussion is paramount in Latin jazz, but rhythm is the real essential; in the end, a killing clave groove can exist without the aid of congas or timbales. That was the thesis of a recent Baltimore performance by pianist Eddie Palmieri’s trio with the trumpeter/flugelhornist Brian Lynch, a collaborator of more than two decades, and bassist Luques Curtis.
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En El Show, Marzo 6, 2010

El músico neoyorquino de jazz latino Eddie Palmieri, ganador de nueve premios Grammy, al frente de su banda Afro Caribbean Jazz Septet, dejó anoche constancia de su enorme talento y virtuosismo en el concierto que ofreció en un conocido centro de espectáculos en esta ciudad. 
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El Universal, Marzo 6, 2010

Los viejos hechiceros jamás olvidan su mejor embrujo. El del maestro Eddie Palmieri convierte a todos en libres danzantes. En el concierto que ofreció el viernes uso su habitual pócima que hace mover caderas, sudar compases de latín jazz y recordar con nostalgia. 
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Columbus Dispatch Review, March 20, 2010

At the outset, Eddie Palmieri warned the small but eager audience in the Lincoln Theatre tonight that his program would consist entirely of Latin jazz. Nothing like bad news, it served rather to focus attention on only one part of his more than 50-year career.
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Houston Press, April 19, 2010

A little rain didn’t keep the crowds away from legendary Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri’s iFest performance. The Grammy winner has almost 40 albums to his credit, but he’s at his best in front of a live crowd.
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The Daily Page, November 6, 2010

The Latin jazz composer and pianist, known for more than 50 years in the music industry and nine Grammys, greeted the crowd with a simple hello.
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