Our new CD with Rob
Paparozzi is available on
Listen to Ed & Rob's
interview on WFDU
here to find out more &
order the CD
here to find out more
Oak Ridge Park, NJ
World Cafe Live
July 17 Delaware, NJ
The EPBB's "Oh No,
CD is number 10 on the
Downbeat Readers Poll!!
for lots of EPBB
(piccolo, flute, baritone saxophone,
(piccolo, flute, soprano
& alto saxophones)
(vocals & guitar)
"I canít remember the last
a concert left me
The entire evening was a stunning balance of musical
precision, passion and power."
Ed and his amazing 17
piece band (+ guests) return with their third album of his
distinctive, big-band interpretations of the great 20th
century composer, Frank Zappa. This body of work has won
them huge acclaim from both new and old fans of the music
and they even appeared on NPR's Weekend Edition for a short
feature which was heard by millions of listeners in 2006.
For those not already familiar with Ed's colorful,
jazz-based arrangements of Zappa's compositions, Ed has led
a big band for 30 years (!) and has had his band performing
the music of Frank Zappa for 15 years. Many years of playing
these pieces in front of hugely enthusiastic crowds have
honed the bandís skills interpreting Zappa's beautiful but
notoriously difficult material to where they are able to
perform these challenging charts with apparent ease. All of
these musicians are high caliber, hugely talented NYC
professional players, and most of them have been playing
this music for a decade and a half with this group, not
because it is a good paying gig (it isn't) but because they
all admire and appreciate the genius of Zappa's work and
they love having the opportunity to be able to perform these
terrifically exciting charts.
Photo by Bernard Ente
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
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.
T-shirt is available now at all our shows.
Thanks to our model, the great Todd Rundgren!!