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Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri Brings Salsa and Latin Jazz to Omaha

Jan 29, 2020, 13:18 PM by Dara Hogan

Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri Brings Salsa and Latin Jazz to Omaha 

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Omaha Performing Arts presents Eddie Palmieri Afro Caribbean Jazz Sextet Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at the Holland Performing Arts Center located at 1200 Douglas St. Omaha, NE 68102. 

Tickets starting at $20 are available at, in person at the Ticket Omaha* Box Office located inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas Street, or by calling 402.345.0606. 

Eddie Palmieri has been named a “Jazz Master” by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). The NEA Jazz Master award is the highest honor an American Jazz artist can receive.

Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri.

Palmieri’s professional career as a pianist took off with various bands in the early 1950s including Eddie Forrester, Johnny Segui’s, and the popular Tito Rodriguez Orchestra. In 1961, Palmieri formed his own band, La Perfecta, which featured an unconventional front line of trombones rather than the trumpets customary in Latin orchestras. This created an innovative sound that mixed American jazz into Afro-Caribbean rhythms, surprising critics and fans alike.