Eddie Palmieri coming to AustraliaEXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:
|HOW I CONVINCED THE GREATEST LATIN JAZZ MUSICIAN TO COME TO AUSTRALIA|
Our interview with Blair Stafford tour agent.
Interview by Alexander Cork. 13 February 2012
The only convincing you should need to hunt down any remaining tickets to see the legendary Eddie Palmieri is this: â€śItâ€™s a once in a lifetime opportunity in Australia, heâ€™s retiring in 2014 and heâ€™s not coming back.â€ť
Thatâ€™s Blair Stafford â€“ Director of the Straightup Agency and the man responsible for getting the 75-year-old Palmieri to tour Australia.
It was during a regular trip to Japan that Stafford, a musician, DJ, dancer and promoter, first saw Palmieri perform at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Tokyo.
|After the show, Stafford pushed his way through the crowd and introduced himself to Palmieri â€“ that was five years ago.|
â€śTo get him out here, I just kept talking.â€ť
A long history of phone calls between Stafford and Palmieriâ€™s son finally found a gap in Palmieriâ€™s hectic touring schedule and Stafford canâ€™t wait to see the shows again.
â€śHeâ€™s virtuosic, not just his percussive piano style but heâ€™s contribution to Latin music, itâ€™s on par with what James brown did with funk and Miles Davis did with jazz. For me, heâ€™s always been a Don.â€ť
Palmieriâ€™s concerts are as full of musicianship, entertainment and flare as when he first took to the stage in his uncleâ€™s orchestra at only 13-years-old in the 1950s.
â€śFrom when he started out in the late 50s and playing in the big band of the day and then when he started his own band, he changed the way salsa music was arranged by adding second trombone and a flautist. It changed the way everybody from Tito Puente to Machito formed their orchestra,â€ť Stafford said.
Palmieri now has a discography of 36 albums with more to come and each one is fresh and different. His versatility has seen him win nine Grammy awards and cross the boundaries into soul and funk making the Harlem River Drive album with Aretha Franklinâ€™s band.
Stafford describes Palmieri as a â€śchameleonâ€ť of the Latin American music scene. â€śHeâ€™s always been able to stretch the limits of what he plays but heâ€™s always been true to his Afro-Cuban roots,â€ť Stafford said.
Palmieri brings with him a sextet of the highest calibre, including award winning trumpeter, Brian Lynch.
The venues had to be carefully selected to meet the requirements of the Latin scene, â€śIâ€™d be lynched by the Latin scene if they couldnâ€™t dance!â€ť Stafford said. Read more about Eddie's career visit www.eddiepalmierimusic.com
Tickets are selling fast to the Perth and Melbourne concert. Adelaide concert will be held outdoors and is a free event.
Check out the Latinlover website for more information about the amazing Eddie Palmieri and more details of the shows.
TICKET SELLING FAST
Don't miss this once in life time opportunity!
Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth Concerts. FULL TOUR PROGRAM HERE