Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Sextet
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Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Sextet delivers an explosive blend of salsa and jazz. Palmieri, a renowned pianist, fuses the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage with the sounds of Thelonius Monk and Herbie Hancock.

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Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Sextet delivers an explosive blend of salsa and jazz. Palmieri, a renowned pianist, fuses the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage with the sounds of Thelonius Monk and Herbie Hancock.

Palmieri’s parents emigrated from Puerto Rico to New York City in 1926. Born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx, he learned to play the piano at an early age. At 13, he joined his uncle’s orchestra, playing timbales.

His professional career as a pianist took off with various bands in the early 1950s including Eddie Forrester, Johnny Segui’s and the popular Tito Rodriguez Orchestra. In 1961, Palmieri formed his own band, La Perfecta, which featured an unconventional front line of trombones rather than the trumpets customary in Latin orchestras. This created an innovative sound that mixed American jazz into Afro-Caribbean rhythms, surprising critics and fans alike.

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