Eddie Palmieri Septet
Eddie Palmieri Septet with Joe Locke
A beloved patriarch of Latin music known for transforming dance orchestras into roiling sonic laboratories, Nuyorican pianist and composer Eddie Palmieri has been at the cutting edge of Afro-Caribbean music since the early 1960s. As a leading force in Afro-Caribbean music for more than half a century, the NEA Jazz Master and nine-time Grammy Award winner was the last great bandleader to emerge from the Palladium Ballroom’s golden era. He helped spark the birth of salsa at Fania Records in the 1970s, and galvanized Latin jazz with his fearsome septet in the late 1980s. Joining the festivities is acclaimed vibraphonist Joe Locke, known for his collaborations with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter and his co-led ensemble with pianist Geoffrey Keezer. Locke’s seamless blend with Palmieri’s ensemble recalls Palmieri’s landmark 1966 collaboration with Bay Area Latin jazz vibraphone icon Cal Tjader, El Sonido Nuevo.