Happy Birthday Eddie Palmieri

December 15, 1936


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Bandleader and pianist Eddie Palmieri was born December 15, 1936 in New York City.

Raised in the Bronx by Puerto Rican parents, Palmieri was exposed to jazz at an early age, and made his first appearance as a pianist at Carnegie Hall when he was 11 years old.

In 1969, Palmieri formed his own band, La Conjunta Perfecta. The band featured Latin dance and jazz music.

Palmieri won 9 Grammys in his lifetime, and played alongside greats such as Bob Marley and Tony Vega.

Eddie Palmieri performs with his band “La Perfecta” featuring the saxophone of Donald Harrison.

His style helped influence the creation of a new Latin Jazz category. The multiple Emmy and Grammy winner has a vast number of LP releases to his credit spanning from 1962 to the present.

Inspired by his brother, salsa pianist Charlie Palmieri, Eddie founded various bands including “La Perfecta” and “La Perfecta II”. He additionally played with the “Conjunto La Segui’s Band”.


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