Latin music icon Eddie Palmieri celebrates his 85th birthday at the Birdland Jazz Club, January 11-15
Latin music legend Eddie Palmieri will celebrate his 85th birthday at Bird Country Jazz Club next week! Known as one of the best pianists of the past 60 years, the 8x GRAMMY prize award-winning conductor, arranger and composer is one of the most respected artists of his generation. A NEA Jazz Master, his playing skillfully merges the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. Palmieri will celebrate its 85th anniversary at Bird Country Jazz Club to Tuesday, January 11 through Saturday January 15th.
Palmieri’s parents emigrated from Ponce, Puerto Rico to New York City in 1926. Born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Palmieri learned to play the piano at an early age, and at age 13 he joined the his uncle’s orchestra, playing timpani. His professional career as a pianist took off with various groups in the early 1950s. In 1961, Palmieri formed his own group, La Perfecta, which featured an unconventional front line of trombones rather than the usual trumpets in Latin orchestras. This created an innovative sound that mixed American jazz with Afro-Caribbean beats, surprising critics and fans alike.
His unconventional style would surprise critics and fans alike with the 1970 release titled Harlem River Drive. This recording was the first to merge what was classified as “black” and “Latin” music into a free-form sound that encompassed elements of salsa, funk, soul and jazz. In 1975, Palmieri won the first of eight GRAMMYS for Best Latin Recording for The sun of Latin music.
Palmieri has received numerous honors including the Eubie Blake Prize (1991); Most Exciting Latin Performance, presented by the BBC in London (2002); the Yale University Chubb Fellowship, usually reserved for international heads of state, but awarded to Palmieri in recognition of his work in building communities through music (2002); Harlem Renaissance Prize (2005); Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award (2008). In 2009, the Library of Congress added Palmieri’s composition “Azucar Pa ‘Ti” to the National Recording Registry, which at the time included only 300 compositions documenting the history of all recorded music history in the United States. United. 1988 by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, as they recorded two of Palmieri’s performances for its archives.
In 2013, Eddie Palmieri received the coveted Jazz Master Award from the National Arts Foundation (NEA). The NEA Jazz Master Award is the highest honor an American jazz artist can receive. He also received an Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
In 2017, Palmieri recorded a big band album titled Mayor of Mi Luz, which stars Carlos Santana and Gilberto Santa Rosa. In the spring of that year he published Sabiduria / Wisdom, followed by Full circle.
$ 40 tables / $ 30 bar + $ 20 food / drink minimum.
Fixed hours: 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (Tuesday-Thursday); 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (Friday-Saturday)
Birdland is located at 315 W 44th St # 5402, New York, NY 10036. Birdland is a fully vaccinated location and per New York City rules for indoor activities requires proof of vaccination from all guests. , staff and artists.