Latin jazz legend will play in Camden

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CAMDEN – Bay Chamber Concerts will present eight-time Grammy winner Eddie Palmieri, Latin jazz pioneer, Saturday, May 20, as part of its Center Stage Series.

Palmieri is considered a founding father of Latin jazz, with a musical career that spans more than 50 years as a bandleader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras.

He will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School

Palmieri’s discography includes 37 titles, for which he has been awarded eight Grammys, including the very first Grammy Award for Latin music in 1976 for his release “The Sun of Latin Music.”

More recently, he won the 2006 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album, “Listen Here!” Two of his other Grammy Awards came about through his 2000 collaboration with Tito Puentes, “Masterpiece / Obra Maestra.”

Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, Palmieri made his classical debut at Carnegie Hall. Possessed by a desire to play the drums, Palmieri joined his uncle’s orchestra at age 13, playing the timbales.

Tickets to the concert are $24-$32 for adults and $8-$16 for students and children. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Bay Chamber Concerts at (207) 236-2823, toll free at (888) 707-2770; or go online to baychamberconcerts.org.

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