Eddie Palmieri + DJ Felix Hernandez, Quantic & Nickodemus
Saturday, December 21
SRB Brooklyn, Brooklyn NY
Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. With a discography that includes 36 titles, Mr. Palmieri has been awarded nine Grammy Awards. Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, Eddie began piano studies at an early age, as did his celebrated older brother, the late Salsa legend and pianist, Charlie Palmieri. For Latin New Yorkers of Eddie's generation, music was a vehicle out of El Barrio. At age 11, he auditioned at Weil Recital Hall, which is next door to Carnegie Hall, a venue as far from the Bronx as he could imagine. Possessed by a desire to play the drums, Palmieri joined his uncle's orchestra at age 13, where he played timbales. Says Palmieri, "By 15, it was good-bye timbales and back to the piano until this day. I'm a frustrated percussionist, so I take it out on the piano."
Eddie Palmieri embraces the future of his music by blazing a distinctive musical path to the delight of fans across the globe. He has one of the most actively touring Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras to date, tours of which have taken him to Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America, North Africa and throughout the Caribbean. 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 with his legendary style.
DJ Felix Hernandez
In 1983, Felix Hernandez began a two-year project travelling the U.S. collecting hundreds of hours of interviews with R&B artists. Some of the interview material was used for a 13-part radio show called Harlem Hit Parade, which was syndicated to 70 NPR stations in the mid-80's.
In 1986, Felix introduced Rhythm Revue, New York's first radio show devoted exclusively to "classic" soul and R&B. It premiered on WBGO. It also aired on New York stations WTJM (Jammin'105) and KISS-FM. In 1989, Felix was awarded a major production grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the NEA for BluesStage, a weekly radio series hosted by Tony-winner Ruth Brown and writer/director Melvin Van Peebles. BluesStage ran six years on 200+ NPR stations, with blues and R&B performances recorded and produced by Hernandez on location at clubs and festivals nationwide. The original BluesStage recordings will be donated to an educational institution dedicated to the study of African-American music.
In 1991, Felix did his first Rhythm Revue Dance Party at Tramps in New York City. The party outgrew Tramps and moved to the Roseland Ballroom, where it's been held since 1992. Felix's mix of classic soul, disco and funk consistently draws a crowd of 2,500 to 3,500 dancers.
In addition to the regular dance parties, Felix hosts a series of free dances at various parks in New York City during the summer months. These events are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by the City Parks Foundation. Felix has dedicated much of his time to community and fundraising events.
It will stop off in the Middle East & Africa, over to Brazil, Colombia & the Caribbean, up to New Orleans & landing in his hometown, Brooklyn NYC! Nickodemus been touring as a DJ & collaborating with musicians all over the World since 1996! He has three albums & remix albums called "Engangered Species" "Sun People" & "Moon People" as well as eight Turntables on the Hudson compilations to date. His songs can also be found on 100's of compilations as well as several movies & TV shows including: Battle in Seattle, Sex in the City, Dancing With the Stars, True Blood & commercials such as iTUNES, Revlon, Heineken & Michelobe.
In his remix machine, Nickodemus has done mixes for a wide range of artists including: Billy Holiday, Nina Simone, Bebel Gilberto, Sultan Khan, Omar Farul Tekbilek, Thievery Corporation, Astor Piazzolla, The Pimps of Joytime & many more. His latest project on self-owned WONDERWHEEL Recordings, comes after a successful launch of Next Aid in South Africa during the World Cup. It includes recordings & mixes of songs from children in the The Earthchild Project in Capetown. When he's not out on tour, in the studio or eating pizza, he saves 1st Fridays @ Cielo & special outdoor events for his eclectic & energetic event called Turntables on the Hudson!
Will Holland is a British born Musician, Producer & DJ making Soul, Electronic & Latin Music saturated in the tropical soundwaves of the Carribean. Currently working from his Sonido del Valle studio base in the highlands of Bogota, Colombia, Holland has developed a sound that bridges heritage and progression, marrying spontaneous musicianship with deep, exciting tonality. Holland is currently at work on his fourth Quantic record, which will be his fifteenth studio album to date. The album is to feature influences from Ethiopian Jazz to Haitian Compas, Salsa Dura from his Colombian homestead to Detroit techno, with electric sub bass and beat programming, All part of Quantic's trademark sound. Holland records and mixes from his own Sonido del Valle studio where he utilises a range of vintage studio equipment, working as part sound engineer, musician and producer to procure a rich and original sound.