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Eddie Palmieri to Celebrate 80th Birthday With Concert

Scheduled for Dec. 15

Eddie Palmieri, 1960s (Photo courtesy of Eddie Palmieri)

On Dec. 15, pianist and NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri will celebrate his 80th birthday with a concert at New York’s 92Y, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will feature Palmieri’s octet.

Palmieri, who was born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx, “created a new sound by fusing the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of American jazz,” according to a press release. He has won 10 Grammy Awards, including one for his album The Sun of Latin Music, which received the first-ever Grammy for Best Latin Recording in 1975.

In 2013, Palmieri was named an NEA Jazz Master and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Earlier this year, at the Red Bull Music Academy Festival in New York, Palmieri performed his landmark 1971 album Harlem River Drive; that concert will be broadcast on Voice of America, also on Dec. 15.

For more information on Palmieri’s birthday concert, including discounted tickets for ages 35 and under, visit

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