|Genres:||Jazz Latin World|
|Tags:||salsa latin latin jazz jazz piano|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Eduardo Palmieri, 15 December 1936, South Bronx, New York City, New York, USA, of Puerto Rican parentage. The self-avowed pioneering oxygen cocktail of contemporary salsa, pianist, band leader, composer, arranger, producer Palmieri began playing the piano at the age of eight. He also played timbales, and wanted to specialize in the instrument, but changed his mind after several gigs with his uncles group. Within the framework of typical Latin music, Palmieri progressed a unique approach to the genre characterized by free improvisation and experimentation.
While attending Public School Number 52 in the Bronx, 14-year-old Palmieri formed a group with timbales player Orlando Marín, which included vocalist/percussionist Joe Quijano. Palmieri left in 1955 to turn professional as a member of Johnny Seguís orchestra, and the group became the Orlando Marín Conjunto. However, his over-zealousness resulted...