Despite being officially retired for eight years now, legendary Latin jazz musician Eddie Palmieri is stopping by the Germantown Performing Arts Centre this weekend to give audiences a taste of his innovative blend of traditional Latin music and orchestral jazz.
Palmieri began his career in the early 1950s, forming his own band at the age of 14. He also performed alongside his older brother and uncle before forming Conjunto La Perfecta in 1961. His style took the popular New York Latin music style and blended in elements of jazz. Those elements were heard in his use of trombones over trumpets to create a bold approach.
Palmieri won the first-ever Grammy for Best Latin Recording in 1974 for The Sun of Latin Music. The musician picked up his last (and ninth) Grammy seven years into his retirement with 2006's Simpatico, a project he undertook with longtime band member Brian Lynch. Those two titles are part of a nearly 40-album discography that helped develop the Latin jazz genre.
Eddie Palmieri at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, February 9th, 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$45.