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Caliente Latin Jazz with Eddie Palmieri
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It's Caliente! It's Hot! Latin Jazz! Where it's been! Where it's at!


For the first time in Eddie Palmieri's 50 year history as a musician he hosts four hour-long programs. The eight-time GRAMMY award winner hosts Caliente Latin Jazz with Eddie Palmieri and will share with us an insight into the world of jazz and Latin jazz through his music.

Latin jazz lovers new and old will enjoy musicianship, collaboration and conversation provided with both humor and passion by Eddie and his special guest including Monty Alexander, David Sanchez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Brian Lynch, Joe Locke and Conrad Herwig. The musical selections include many of Plamieri's original compositions as well as standards like Tin Tin Deo and In Walked Bud! 

Hour #1
The Melodic Eddie
Special Guest: Saxophonist David Sanchez
Many years ago, Eddie discovered a precocious tenor saxophonist in Puerto Rico. That player, David Sanchez, became part of the Palmieri orchestra at a young age. Now they come back together as fellow bandleaders and Grammy Award winners. David shows an appreciation for Mr. Palmieri's melodic side, expressed by his desire to play Adoracion. Show highlights include a moving duo version of Plamieri stand Puerto Rico and a relaxed full-band workout on the Chano Pozo/Dizzy Gillespie classic Latin Jazz composition Tin Tin Deo.
Hour #2
The Original Rhythms
Special Guest (s): Giovanni Hidalgo (Congas) and Brian Lynch (Trumpet)
Both of these guests, Palmieri orchestra stalwarts over the years, are Latin jazz recording artists and bandleaders in their own right. Both bring these perspectives to the conversation with Eddie. The multi-talented Lynch speaks of his immersion into Afro-Caribbean Jazz while playing with Eddie's band for the past 15 years. The two duo on the melodic Dona Tere. Giovanni widely considered to be the most formidable and musical conga master of his generation, thinks of his drum as a piano. In his more than 50-year career as a musician, Eddie Palmieri has often spoken of using the piano as a percussion instrument. The sparks fly as the two perform a duo version of Gio's Blues, then roar into an ensemble take on Picadillo.

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