Eddie Palmieri y La Perfecta II At Yoshi’s In San Francisco: Perfect New Years performance
(8:00 pm and 10:00 pm)
San Francisco, CA
Eight-time Grammy winner Eddie Palmieri is an explosive, unpredictable lion of the keyboard. His gift for broken meters and chromatic passages led him to be dubbed “the Latin Monk” by timbalero Willie Bobo. Since the 1960s he has refreshed Latin dance music by introducing rock licks, urban poetry and elements of tango, cumbia, waltz and the folkloric musics of his beloved Puerto Rico.
Whether working with his jazz octet or a full Latin dance band, Eddie’s music gets audiences on their feet. His latest release Listen Hear! (Concord) won him his 8th Grammy and he returns to Yoshi’s with an all-star line-up.
La Perfecta II features EEddie Palmieri on Piano, Herman Olivera on Lead Vocal, Brian Lynch on Trumpet, Jimmy Bosch on Trombone, Nelson Gonzalez on Tres Guitar, Jose Claussell on Timbales, “Little Johnny” Rivero on Congas, Luques Curtis on Bass, Orlando Vega on Bongo, Karen Joseph on Flute, and Doug Beavers on Trombone – December 26th-31st at Yoshi’s in SanFrancisco.
($30 at 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm nightly; $100 on New Year’s eve).
Eddie Palmieri’s musical career spans 50 years as a bandleader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. His discography includes more than 32 titles. He has been awarded Eight Grammys, including the first presentation in the Best Latin Album category for his 1975 release The Sun of Latin Music, and the following year for Unfinished Masterpiece. Palo Pa’ Rumba won in 1984, Solito in 1985 and La Verdad in 1987.
As a member of the New York chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, he was instrumental in creating a new category for Latin Jazz in 1995. He received two Grammy’s for his 2000 release with Tito Puente Obra Maestra/Masterpiece one from the traditional Grammy awards and one from the Latin Grammy’s. In 2006, Eddie Palmieri’s newest release, Listen Here!, the Grammy in the “Best Latin Jazz Album” category. This was Eddie Palmieri’s 8th Grammy in his over 50 year musical career.
He was awarded the Eubie Blake Award by Dr. Billy Taylor in 1991 and he is among the few Latin musicians recognized by the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico and the New York State Assembly. In 1988, the Smithsonian Institution recorded two of Palmieri’s performances for their catalog of the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., a rare public honor.
The 1998 Heineken Jazz Festival in San Juan, PR, paid tribute to his contributions as a bandleader, bestowing him an honorary doctorate degree from the Berklee College of Music. In 2002, Yale University awarded Mr. Palmieri the Chubb Fellowship, an award usually reserved for international heads of state, but given to him in recognition of his work in building communities through music.
Palmieri remains a powerhouse of brilliance and sound that has stirred audiences for 50 years, continually and successfully seeking to captivate and elevate the senses, and taking them down paths of intensity to a place where there are no musical boundaries.