The Ed Palermo Big Band is Making America Un-Great Again with a Brilliant Blast of Anglophilia, transforming British Rock Treasures into Wildly Inventive Jazz Vehicles on the Double Album:

The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes I & II
(This Link Has Audio Samples!!)

From the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jeff Beck to King Crimson, Traffic, and Jethro Tull, Palermoís 18-piece ensemble Storms the British Invasion and Plants the American Flag (upside down)

But his fifth project for the label, The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes I & II , is a love letter to the rockers who ruled the AM and FM airwaves in the 1960s via successive waves of the British Invasion. Featuring largely the same stellar cast of players as last yearís gloriously eclectic One Child Left Behind, the 18-piece EPBB lovingly reinvents songs famous and obscure, leaving them readily recognizable and utterly transformed. The first installments in what he hopes to be an ongoing project, these two volumes give a whole new meaning to 'swinging London'.

STREAM/SHARE: "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Traffic)"
stream: @SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube

$20 with $3.00 for postage. $23 for a DOUBLE DISC CD!

Just write a check made out to Ed Palermo and mail to
Ed Palermo
27 Westwood Drive North
West Orange, NJ 07052

OR if you do VENMO or PAY PAL, thatís cool, too. Just use my email address.

What's New?

Monday 5/8
The Iridium

Saturday 6/3
The Falcon



New YouTube Channel "The Best of the EPBB"
Ray Morelli's YouTube Channel

Hugh Gotlt





The Band




Email Ed

Ed Palermo
Big Band

Ed Palermo
alto saxophone

Cliff Lyons
(alto saxophone,
flute, clarinet
Ben Kono
(flute, clarinet,
tenor saxophone
Bill Straub
(flute, tenor saxophone)
Barbara Cifelli (piccolo, flute, baritone saxophone, clarinet)
Phil Chester
(piccolo, flute, soprano & alto saxophones)

Ronnie Buttacavoli  John Bailey

Charlie Gordon
 Mike Boschen
Matt Ingman

 Bob Quaranta
Ted Kooshian (harpsichord,
Bruce McDaniel
(vocals & guitar)
Paul Adamy
Ray Marchica
Katie Jacoby


"I canít remember the last time that
a concert left me
so breathless.
The entire evening was a stunning balance of musical precision, passion and power."

Review by
Greg Haymes



Over the past two decades Ed Palermo has earned an avid international following with his brilliantly executed, reverently irreverent arrangements of Frank Zappaís tempestuous and wildly inventive music. On previous Cuneiform albums like 2006ís Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, 2009ís Eddy Loves Frank and 2014's Oh No! Not Jazz! , the New Jersey saxophonist, composer and arranger infused the world of Zappalogy with his own brand of incisive wit and bracing improvisation. He doesnít neglect Zappa on his fourth Cuneiform dispatch, One Child Left Behind, released in January 2016. But instead of offering another full-Frank immersion he turns his big band loose like itís playing one of its regular gigs at Iridium or The Falcon, a Hudson Valley jazz oasis. Exploring an expansive array of moods and material, the band delivers an audaciously entertaining program thatís full of surprises.


Photo by Jeffrey Evans

Electric Butter Show featuring Rob Paparozzi
at WBGO's Jazz on the Mountain Festival January 17, 2016


A message from Ed:

For a variety of reasons, I have decided to stop using Frank Zappa's name in our concert and night club advertising. For one, it's common knowledge at this point that the Zappa Estate frowns on it, so part of my decision is to hopefully placate the estate, though it was never my intention to capitalize on FZ's name and fame. It was strictly to inform the audience of the material they would hear at the shows.

Let it be said that this project, The Ed Palermo Big Band in tribute to the music of Frank Zappa, is and will always be, a money losing proposition.

Those of you who have seen us in performance know that this whole thing is about love, as corny as that sounds. Frank himself would probably wretch at this abject sentimentality, but it's true. Love for Frank's music and for everything he brought to our culture. From now on, my concerts will be a mixture of music, but Zappa tunes will always be in the forefront.

So when you check this site for concert information, to get an idea of the exact material we'll be performing, it's best to get on my mailing list so I can send you a personal email detailing what we intend to play.

Fair enough? I sure hope so.

The new EPBB T-shirt is available now at all our shows.



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