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Artist:
Máximo Colón, born 1950  Search this
Sitter:
Eddie Palmieri, born 1936  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 19.9 × 30 cm (7 13/16 × 11 13/16")
Sheet: 27.7 × 35.3 cm (10 7/8 × 13 7/8")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1990
Exhibition Label:
With a career spanning more than fifty years and forty albums, pianist Eddie Palmieri has been for decades a defining figure in the development of salsa and Latin jazz. Initiated in the instrument as a young boy, in 1955 he debuted in Johnny Seguí’s orchestra, a main staple of New York City’s legendary Palladium Ballroom. In 1961 he formed the band La Perfecta, pioneering a blend of Afro-Latin rhythms with American jazz along with a heavy frontline of trombones that replaced the traditional trumpets in Latin orchestras. His musical experimentation continued through the next decade and earned him the first of ten Grammy Awards for The Sun of Latin Music (1975). Palmieri’s music is at once cerebral and soulful, synthesizing his Puerto Rican heritage with jazz influences, including his brother Charlie Palmieri, as well as Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, and McCoy Tyner. In this portrait, Máximo Colón captures the intensity of Palmieri’s incendiary solos.
Con una carrera que abarca más de cincuenta años y cuarenta discos, el pianista Eddie Palmieri ha sido durante décadas una figura decisiva en el desarrollo de los géneros de la salsa y el jazz latino. Empezó a tocar el piano desde muy joven y en 1955 debutó en la orquesta de Johnny Seguí, atracción del legendario Palladium Ballroom de la ciudad de Nueva York. En 1961 formó la banda La Perfecta, pionera en la fusión de ritmos afrolatinos con el jazz norteamericano, a la cual integró una primera línea de trombones en lugar de las trompetas tradicionales de las orquestas latinas. Su experimentación musical continuó en la década siguiente y le trajo el primero de sus diez premios Grammy (por The Sun of Latin Music, 1975). La música de Palmieri es a la vez cerebral y emotiva, una síntesis de su herencia puertorriqueña con influencias del jazz que incluyen a su hermano Charlie Palmieri así como a Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock y McCoy Tyner. En este retrato, Máximo Colón capta la intensidad de los solos incendiarios de Palmieri.
NPG.2015.53
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Piano  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone  Search this
Home Furnishings\Drinking vessel\Glass  Search this
Interior\Performing Arts  Search this
Eddie Palmieri: Male  Search this
Eddie Palmieri: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist  Search this
Eddie Palmieri: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz  Search this
Eddie Palmieri: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Bandleader  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquisition made possible through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Object number:
NPG.2015.79
Restrictions & Rights:
©1990 Máximo Colón
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4b2113ebd-13ff-4de2-92e6-a45f87c7f35d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2015.79