A Rousing Afro-Caribbean Residency by Iconic Latin Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri Every Monday Through August at Subrosa
63 Gansevoort Street New York, NY 10014
Puerto Rico has been a wellspring of incredible jazz talent in New York, ranging from timbales master and bandleader Tito Puente who composed the tune “Oye Como Va” that Carlos Santana made famous outside of Spanish Harlem to the MacArthur Award-winning alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón who is one of the SFJAZZ Collective leaders as well as an esteemed bandleader who has recorded several noteworthy albums. Then there’s the 2013 NEA Jazz Master awardee Eddie Palmieri who in the same year was awarded the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader and Latin jazz visionary is a bona fide American icon who was influenced by jazz pianists such as Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner while also incorporating the fiery Latin rhythms of his culture that turned up the tempo several notches.
Born on December 15, 1936 in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Palmieri formed his stellar Afro-Latin dance band 1960s Conjunto La Perfecta and in 1975 garnered the first-ever Grammy for Best Latin Recording for The Sun of Latin Music.]
Earlier in his 80th birthday year, 92Y celebrated Palmieri with his red-hot Afro-Caribbean Jazz Octet. He also recorded the rousing album Sabiduría, a fusion of jazz, funk and Latin fused with Afroworld rhythms, on Ropeadope which the label boasts “may well be the best Latin Jazz record ever made.” It received a 4-and-a-half-star rating in DownBeat. Now, the inexhaustible Palmieri has launched a long-term Monday-night residency at Subrosa that began in April and continues through August. He dives deep into nights of flamenco and salsa as well as features as guests such Latin music aficionados as trombonist Conrad Herwig, saxophonist Donald Harrison. drummer Roy Haynes, trombonist Jimmy Bosch and violinist Alrtedo de la Fé, among others. —Dan Ouellette