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Eddie Palmieri & Friends at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
(Published: August 29, 2013)

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is proud to open the 33rd Season with NEA Jazz Master EDDIE PALMIERI & Friends, as he celebrates the world premiere of Sabiduria! Also featuring the MAMBO LEGENDS ORCHESTRA and master flutist DAVE VALENTÍN on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 at 8pm. The maestro will be joined by Special Invited Guests, Ronnie Cuber (Baritone Saxophone), Alfredo de la Fe (Violin), Donald Harrison (Alto Saxophone & Vocals), and Joe Locke (Vibes). Also joined by Invited Guests, Anthony Carrillo (Bongo, Bata), Luques Curtis (Bass), Vicente "LittleJohhny" Rivero (Congas, Bata) and Camilo Molina (Timbales, Bata). Produced by Lehman Center and Bob Sancho.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets forEDDIE PALMIERI & Friends on Saturday, September 28th, at 8pm are $60, $55, and $45 and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm, and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert), or through online access atwww.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. Low cost on-site parking available for $5.

EDDIE PALMIERI, known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. The NEA Jazz Master and honorary Doctor of Music from Berklee College of Music has been awarded nine Grammy Awards. His recordings have become classics with such hits as "Azucar," "Muñeca," "Vamonos Pa'l Monte" and "Puerto Rico." Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, he started piano studies at an early age and 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 infectous sound, Palmieri's band soon joined the ranks of Machito, Tito Rodriguez and other leading orchestras of the day. Palemieri's discography includes over 36 titles, of which nine have received Grammy Awards, including Best Latin Album for The Sun of Latin Music (1975), Unfinished Masterpiece (1976), Palo Pa' Rumba (1984), Solito (1985) and La Verdad (1987). He received both a Grammy and a Latin Grammy award for Obra Maestra/Masterpiece (2000) with Tito Puente, the Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy Awards for Listen Here! (2006) and Simpatico (2007), a collaborative effort with trumpet master Brian Lynch. Eddie Palemieri's Sabiduria! (Wisdom) will have its not-to-be missed World Premiere at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on September 28th!

The MAMBO LEGENDS ORCHESTRA was created in 2000 by former members of the Tito Puente Orchestra, led by John "Dandy" Rodriquez, Mitch Frohman and musically directed by Jose Madera. Famed bongocero John "Dandy" Rodriguez began performing as a teenager with Tito Rodriguez and played with Ray Barretto and Típica '73 in the ‘70s before beginning his 27-year stint playing bongos in Tito Puente ‘s band. Bronx native Mitch Frohman was the sax and flute soloist with the Tito Puente Orchestra for 25 years and has also played and recorded with such famed Latin artists Eddie and Charlie Palmieri, Paquito D'Rivera, Chico O'Farrill and the Grammy-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Musical director, timbalero and arranger Jose Maderastarted playing timbales with Machito as a teenager and was the first musical director for the Machito Orchestra. He was Tito Puente's conguero for 30 years, his musical director for ten years, the staff arranger at Fania records since the 1970's and has performed on over 100 recordings by Latin, pop, R&B and jazz artists. The Mambo Legends Orchestra is dedicated to keeping the ‘50s and ‘60s Palladium-era sound alive as it explores new musical concepts. Their latest release, Watch Out! ¡Ten Cuidao! (2011) was nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album and they are featured in the soon-to-be released documentary film "For the Love of the Mambo."

DAVE VALENTÍN, the master flutist who has toured the world as a headliner, playing with everyone from Tito Puente to McCoy Tyner, is a South Bronx native of Puerto Rican descent (born in 1952) that still makes the Bronx his home. A percussionist in his youth, his unusual technique emphasizes the percussive side of flute playing, which he began to study seriously at age 18 under Hubert Laws. In 1977, he made his recording debut with Ricardo Marrero. Discovered by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen, Valentín was the first artist signed to GRP and has recorded nearly twenty albums for the label that combine R&B, funk and Brazilian music with Latin jazz. Voted the "Best Jazz Flutist" by JAZZIZ Magazine for seven years in a row, his album with Dave Samuels, the Caribbean Jazz Project won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. Since the mid-2000's, Valentín has been signed to Highnote Records releasing World On A String (2005), Come Fly With Me (2006) and Pure Imagination in 2011.

Lehman Center is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2013-2014 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, JPMorgan Chase, Con Edison and through corporations, foundations and private donations.

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