Palmieri plays jazz with a Latin touch

Trumpeter joins him for two concerts here

December 20, 2006|By Nick Madigan | Nick Madigan,Sun Reporter

Decades ago, long before he became a powerhouse of Latin jazz and salsa, Eddie Palmieri was fired from a band for hitting the piano keys too hard.

"It was the best thing that ever happened to me," Palmieri, 70, said in an interview yesterday from his New York home. His dismissal, while upsetting at the time, propelled him into another band that taught him the intricacies of Cuban music.

If you go Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynch perform at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Call 410-385-2638 or visit

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