Lehman Center for the Performing Arts presents legendary Ten Time Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri & His Salsa Orchestra featuring Herman Olivera and The Del Caribe Latin Jazz All Stars with Lucrecia & Mario “Mayito” Rivera on Saturday, September 17th at 8pm. The maestro will be returning to Lehman Center for this historic event to open the 2022-2023 season, featuring hit songs from his award-winning albums. Also appearing: The Del Caribe Latin Jazz All Stars featuring Lucrecia & Mario “Mayito” Rivera. Produced by Robert Sancho
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for EDDIE PALMIERI & HIS SALSA ORCHESTRA on Saturday, September 17th, 2022 at 8pm ($125, $95, $75, $60, $50) can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am–5pm, and beginning at 4pm on the day of the concert), or through online access at https://www.lehmancenter.org/eddie-palmieri. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway.
IMPORTANT COVID-19 SAFETY INFORMATION: To keep our staff, audiences, and artists safe, proof of vaccination will be required to attend any performances at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in accordance with Lehman College (CUNY) policy.
EDDIE PALMIERI, known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, has a musical career that spans over 60 years as a pianist, composer, and bandleader of Salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. Eddie received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music and has been awarded ten Grammy Awards for his creative work. His recordings have become classics with such hits as Muñeca, Vamonos Pa’l Monte, and Puerto Rico. Additionally, Azucar Pa’ Ti was inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx, he started piano studies at an early age and began his career as a pianist in the ‘50s with Eddie Forrester’s Orchestra. He spent a year with Tito Rodriguez before forming the legendary La Perfecta in 1961. His discography includes over 36 titles, of which nine have received Grammy Awards, including Best Latin Album for The Sun of Latin Music (1975), Unfinished Masterpiece (1976), Palo Pa’ Rumba (1984), Solito (1985), and La Verdad (1987). He received both a Grammy and a Latin Grammy award for Obra Maestra/Masterpiece (2000) with Tito Puente, the Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy Awards for Listen Here! (2006), and Simpatico (2007), a collaborative effort with trumpet master Brian Lynch. His April 2017 album Sabiduria/Wisdom, a fusion of jazz, funk, and Latin with Afro-world rhythms, had its World Premiere at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in 2013. Also in 2013, Palmieri was honored with the NEA Jazz Master Award and the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, he released a new big band version of his classic composition Vámonos P’ai Monte, along with the first-ever studio recording of another popular Palmieri original Pa’ La Ocha Tambo. Palmieri continues to innovate, releasing the album Full Circle in July 2018 which contains fresh renditions of eight classic salsa tracks featuring a stunning group of guest musicians including Brian Lynch, Conrad Herwig, and “Little” Johnny Rivera, and Luques Curtis. In December of 2018, Eddie released Mi Luz Mayor, which features special guest artists Gilberto Santa Rosa, Hermán Olivera, and Carlos Santana. This album, which took four years to complete, is dedicated to Palmieri’s late wife Iraida and contains new recordings of the songs that they enjoyed together.
SPECIAL APPEARANCE: The vocalist Arlene G will be performing her latest single, Para Que Sepan Quien Soy Yo, with Eddie Palmieri & His Salsa Orchestra at Lehman Center. Written and composed for her by Eddie Palmieri himself, this single was released in December 2021 and made its live debut in Puerto Rico on Eddie Palmieri’s birthday at the Tito Puente Amphitheatre.
Nelson Gonzalez, leader of Del Caribe Latin Jazz All Stars and renowned tres player, was born in Puerto Rico in 1948 and immigrated to New York in the 1960s. His first tres was lent to him by Andy Gonzalez, and musicologist René López helped him learn the music theory required to play. In 1971, he performed his newfound instrument for the first time in Justo Betancourt’s Orchestra. He went on to play in the Larry Harlow Orchestra, which led to the creation of the Revelation Orchestra with Ismael Miranda. In 1973, he joined Grupo Típica ‘73, which went on to win the Best Salsa Band in Latin America award at the 1976 World Salsa Festival. His other achievements include winning the Best Tres Player of the Year award by Latin New York Magazine (1997-1999) and participation in the Inauguration of President Jimmy Carter in 1977. He is also featured on five Grammy Award-winning albums from artists: Gloria Estefan, Tito Puente, and Eddie Palmieri. He is the leader and tres player of Del Caribe Latin Jazz All Stars, which features Johnny ‘Dandy’ Rodríguez, Bobby Allende, Rubén Rodríguez, and Orestes Vilató. Nelson, along with this legendary band, released Gracias Dizzy in 2021, which is a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie.
Mario “Mayito” Rivera, direct from Cuba, will be accompanying The Del Caribe Latin Jazz All Stars. Nicknamed “El Poeta de La Rumba” for his ability to vocally interpret all forms of Cuban music, Mayito was the characteristic voice of the popular Cuban band, Los Van Van, for over 20 years. His time in this band earned him a Latin Grammy Award and two nominations. Additionally, his album Llegó la Hora (2005) was nominated for Best Salsa Album of the Year at the 2006 Grammy Awards.
Lucrecia, known for her hit songs and work on the screen, was born in Cuba in 1967 and immigrated to Spain, where she currently resides. She attended El Instituto Superior de Arte in Cuba, where she studied both piano and voice and graduated with a degree in Music. She began her on-screen career in 1998 in the award-winning film Ataque Verbal. To date, Lucrecia has released 13 albums, which include Grammy and Latin Grammy winner Cachao: The Last Mambo, and Latin Grammy Nominee, Album de Cuba (2009).
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. is supported, in part, by public funds through the SVOG Grant by the U.S. Small Business Administration implemented by Senator Charles Schumer, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2022- 2023 Season is also made possible through sponsorships by The New York City Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Con Edison, and the Friends of Lehman Center.