Join us for the 5th annual Manoa Jazz & Heritage Festival. An evening of music from the best local professional and educational jazz groups paired with this year`s featured guest artist, Eddie Palmieri-Brian Lynch Quartet featuring Dafnis Prieto and Luques Curtis.
In an unprecedented jazz small group setting for `The Sun Of Latin Music" Palmieri, the Quartet is the latest manifestation of the 20 plus year musical relationship between Lynch and Palmieri in Palmieri`s groups and their collaboration for their Grammy Award winning CD `The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project: Simptico" Two of the most accomplished musicians around today, bassist Luques Curtis and Grammy nominated drummer/composer Dafnis Prieto, round out the quartet.
Known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, Eddie Palmieri has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. A true powerhouse of brilliance, known for his astute arranging skills and historic compositions, Mr. Palmieri has shown that time is infinite with respect to his repertoire as he continues to thrill audiences throughout the world with his legendary style. With a discography that includes 36 titles, Mr. Palmieri has been awarded nine Grammy Awards, from 1975`s `The Sun of Latin Music" (the first Grammy awarded in the Latin field), through `Palo Pa ` Rumba" (1984), `Obra Maestra/Masterpiece" in collaboration with Tito Puente (2000) to `Listen Here!" (2005) and 2006`s `Simptico", a collaborative effort with trumpet master Brian Lynch. Palmieri`s myriad honors for his life`s work in music and culture include the Eubie Blake Award, Yale University`s Chubb Fellowship (an award usually reserved for international heads of state), the Alice Tully African Heritage Award, and induction into both the Bronx Walk of Fame and the Chicago Walk of Fame. In 2002, he received the National Black Sports and Entertainment Lifetime Achievement Award. Other inductees with him were Roberto Clemente, Count Basie, Max Roach, Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington. At the 1998 Heineken Jazz Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Berklee College of Music paid tribute to his contributions as a bandleader in bestowing on him an honorary doctorate. In 1988, the Smithsonian Institute recorded two of Palmieri`s performances for their catalog of the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C a rare public honor. `Caliente," a radio show hosted by Mr. Palmieri on National Public Radio, has been a tremendous success, being picked up by more than 160 radio stations nationwide.
A University of Hawaii at Mānoa Outreach College production and part of a Performing Arts Presenters of Hawai‘i tour sponsored in part by Baus Engineering and the Mānoa Arts & Minds Series, with funding provided by the City and County of Honolulu, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, and the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.