Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet

Music, Latin and world
Portrait of Eddie Palmieri
Photograph: Erik Valind

The king of Latin jazz hits Melbourne for the MIJF

Great ready to shake it, baby! After a flood of requests, Hamer Hall has bowed to to public pressure and ripped out all of the front rows to make way for a dance floor for this one night only. And why not? Palmieri has been leading the field ever since the '50s where he ruled the dancehalls, first as a part of legendary Tito Puentes's orchestra and later with his own outfit, La Perfecta.

Palmieri, a pianist, composer, bandleader, and arranger, has been blowing everyone's mind, for over 50 years – even Marlon Brando and Kim Novak flocked to see him in New York's fabled Palladium Ballroom. More recently, Time Out London was compelled to describe his music thus, "so vital and joyous... a totally celebratory sound, bouncing, shuffling, weaving and grooving along on a beat so mesmeric and soul-wrenchingly right that you want it to go on forever”.

Look forward to a night of Palmieri's own special brand of latin, funk, soul and jazz. Plus, Radio 3PBS FM's resident groovster Ms Emma Peel will be spinning tunes before and after the show.

You better bring your dancing shoes and check this out – it's probably his most famous song. 



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