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Name: Eddie Palmieri  
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Date of Birth: 15th December 1936
Place of Birth: New York, New York, USA
Profession: Composer
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Eddie Palmieri (born December 15, 1936 in New York City) - pianist and bandleader.

Palmieri is best known for combining jazz piano and instrumental solos with Latin rhythms. His parents emigrated to New York from Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1926 and settled down in Spanish Harlem, a Hispanic ghetto in Manhattan. He was the younger brother of Charlie Palmieri. When he was only 5 years old, he used to musically accompany Charlie and together they would enter and participate in many talent contests.

Palmieri attended the city's public school system and here was constently exposed to music and loved jazz. He took piano lessons for a while and performed at Carnegie Hall when he was 11 years old. His biggest piano influences were Thelonius Monk and McCoy Tyner. He was inspired by his older brother and was determined to someday form his own band - something he achieved in 1950, when he was just 14. During the 1950s, Palmieri played in various bands, including Tito Rodriguez's.

In 1962, Palmieri formed the band La Perfecta, which included trombone player Barry Rogers and singer Ismael Quintana. During that decade, the Charanga was the Latin dance craze. The music to the Charanga required an orchestra with a flute and violins, but Eddie also added a mixture of trumpets and trombones. He also experimented by including a touch of jazz in his recordings. He recorded, among others, Lo Que Traigo Es Sabroso (What I Bring is Juicy) and Mozambique, before the group disbanded in 1968.

In 1971, Palmieri recorded Vamonos Pa'l Monte (Going to the Mountain) with his brother Charlie at the organ. That same year he also recorded Eddie Palmieri & Friends in Concert, At the University of Puerto Rico. In 1974, Eddie won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Latin Recording with The Sun of Latin Music.

In the 1980s, Ismael Quintana returned to the band, which also included Cheo Feliciano. Palmieri won two Grammys for the recordings of Palo Pa Rumba and Solito. He also recorded the album La Verdad (The Truth) with salsa singer Tony Vega in 1987. Next year the happiness of his success was set back by the sudden death of his brother, Charlie.

In the 1990s, Palmieri had participated in various concerts and recordings with the Fania All-Stars and the Tico All-Stars; he also introduced La India with the production of Llego La India via Eddie Palmieri (La India has arrived via Eddie Palmieri), released in 1992. In 2000, Palmieri announced his retirement from the world of music. However, he recorded Masterpiece with Tito Puente and won 2 Grammys; additionaly he was also named the "Outstanding Producer of the Year" by the National Foundation of Popular Culture. Palmieri has won a total of 7 Grammy Awards in his career.

On November 6, 2004, Palmieri directed a "Big Band Tribute" to his late brother Charlie at Avery Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Eddie Palmieri currently continues to be actively involved with music. He formed a new band La Perfecta II, with whom he recorded the CD Ritmo Caliente (Hot Rhythm). On April 30, 2005, "Mi Día Bonito" a tribute to Eddie Palmieri, celebrating his 50 years in the world of music, took place at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The event included the participation of Lalo Rodriguez, Ismael Quintana, Cheo Feliciano, La India, Herman Olivera, Jerry Medina, Luis Vergara and Wichy Camacho.


  • La Perfecta, 1962
  • El Molestoso, 1963
  • Lo Que Traigo Es Sabroso, 1964
  • Echando Pa'lante (Straight Ahead), 1964
  • Azucar Pa'ti (Sugar for You), 1965
  • Mozambique, 1965
  • El Sonido Nuevo: The New Soul Sound, 1966 (with Cal Tjader)
  • Bamboleate, 1967 (with Cal Tjader)
  • Molasses, 1967
  • Champagne, 1968
  • Justicia, 1969
  • Superimposition, 1970
  • Vamonos Pa'l Monte, 1971
  • Live At the University of Puerto Rico, 1971
  • Harlem River Drive, 1971 (as part of Harlem River Drive band)
  • Recorded Live at Sing Sing, Vol. 1, 1972
  • Recorded Live at Sing Sing, Vol. 2, 1972
  • Sentido, 1972
  • The Sun of Latin Music, 1973
  • Unfinished Masterpiece, 1974
  • Lucumi, Macumba, Voodoo, 1978
  • Eddie Palmieri, 1982
  • Palo Pa Rumba, Bajo Con Tumbao, 1984
  • Solito, 1985
  • The Truth, La Verdad, 1987
  • Sueno, 1992
  • Llego La India via Eddie Palmieri, 1992 (with La India)
  • Palmas, 1994
  • Arete, 1995
  • Vortex, 1996
  • El Rumbero Del Piano, 1998
  • Live, 1999
  • Masterpiece / Obra Maestra, 2000 (with Tito Puente)
  • En Vivo Italia, 2002
  • La Perfecta II, 2002
  • Ritmo Caliente, 2003
  • Listen Here!,2005

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