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EDDIE PALMIERI in Concert w/ Special Guests @ Lehman Center ~ 10/17
(Published: September 28, 2009)


With Celebrated Salsa Singer ISSAC DELGADO

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts begins its exciting Fall Season with a not-to-be-missed concert, as nine-time GRAMMY® Award winner EDDIE PALMIERI, Latin music's most influential artist for over four decades, brings his legendary orchestra plus invited, world-renowned guests, conguero GIOVANNI HIDALGO, saxophonist DAVID SÁNCHEZ, and celebrated salsero ISSAC DELGADO, who sings with Palmieri for the very first time on Lehman's stage on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 8pm. Palmieri has been called "The Sun of Latin Music," the title of his 1975 album, winner of the first-ever GRAMMY Award for Best Latin Album. His hits include "Azucar pa' ti", "Muñeca," "Café" and "Si hecho pa' lante." Opening the show will be THE LATIN JAZZ ALL-STARS, with musical director Papo Vásquez, Dave Valentín, Andy González, Piro Rodríguez, and Anthony Carillo, with special guests Giovanni Hidalgo and David Sánchez.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for EDDIE PALMIERI IN CONCERT on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 8pm, are: $55, $50, $45 and $40 and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718.960.8833 (Mon. through Fri., 10am-5pm, Tues. 10am-7pm, and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert), or through 24-hour online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Free on-site parking is available

Eddie Palmieri, the Spanish Harlem-born leader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras and one of the foremost Latin pianists of all time, revolutionized the sound of Latin music. Starting piano studies at an early age, he began his career as a pianist in the ‘50s with Eddie Forrester's Orchestra. He spent a year with Tito Rodriguez before forming the legendary Conjunto La Perfecta in 1961. With an infectious sound, Palmieri's band soon joined the ranks of Machito, Tito Rodriguez and other major orchestras of the day. Palmieri's discography includes 36 titles, of which nine have received GRAMMY® Awards, including Best Latin Album awards for The Sun of Latin Music (1975), Unfinished Masterpiece (1976), Palo Pa' Rumba (1984), Solito (1985) and La Verdad (1987). In 1988, the Smithsonian recorded two of Palmieri's performances for its catalog of the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. He received both a GRAMMY Award and a Latin GRAMMY for Obra Maestra/Masterpiece (2000) with Tito Puente and GRAMMYs for Best Latin Jazz Album for Listen Here! (2006) and Simpatico (2007), a collaborative effort with trumpet master Brian Lynch.

Issac Delgado, called by The New York Times "one of the greatest singers in the world regardless of genre," was born into a musical family in Havana and began his career in a band called Proyecto with pianist/composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba. He joined N. G. La Banda, whose 1992 release En la Calle, with #1 world beat hit, "Necesito Una Amiga," attracted large audiences in Europe, Japan and the U.S. Forming his own orchestra In 1991, Delgado signed with RMM in 1995 and released his first U.S. CD, El Año Que Viene, which included the hit "Si Me Miras A Los Ojos." Delgado has 17 albums and five Latin GRAMMY nominations. 2007's La Calle release, En Primera Plana garnered three GRAMMY nominations. He has performed at distinguished festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe. His 2009 release Asi Soy distinguishes his fine vocals as well as his skills as a music director, composer and producer.

Giovanni Hidalgo is considered one of the greatest congueros of our time. The Puerto Rican percussionist began playing at age five on a set of congas handcrafted by his father, the great José "Mañengue" Hidalgo, and became popular outside Puerto Rico in the early ‘80s. He performed with Eddie Palmieri in New York and forged a life-long friendship with Dizzy Gillespie, touring in 1988 with Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra. He also toured extensively with Tito Puente and has performed with Paquito D'Rivera and Carlos Santana.

David Sánchez began playing drums at age eight in his native Puerto Rico before migrating to saxophone four years later. In 1988 he won a music scholarship to Rutgers University and soon began performing with Eddie Palmieri and Claudio Roditi. In 1991 he joined Dizzy Gillespie's "Live the Future" tour. Sánchez's acclaimed 1995 debut for Columbia, The Departure, was followed by tours with Kenny Barron, Roy Hayes, and Elvin Jones. With four GRAMMY nominations, Sánchez won a Latin GRAMMY for his 2004 album Coral. His latest and eighth album, 2008's Cultural Survival, features his mammoth Chamber Music America commission "La Leyenda del Cañaveral."

Lehman Center receives support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York Daily News, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

For additional information, photos, interview requests, contact:
Leah Grammatica / LGPR / Leahgram@aol.com

More Information: http://www.lehmancenter.org/shows/eddie.html

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