THE BAND

The Ed Palermo Big Band

Ed Palermo
(arranger, alto saxophone)

SAXOPHONES
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)

TRUMPETS
Ronnie Buttacavoli 

Augie Haas

TROMBONES
Charlie Gordon
 
Mike Boschen
Matt Ingman

RHYTHM SECTION

 Bob Quaranta
(piano)
Ted Kooshian
(harpsichord, organ,
synthesizer)
Bruce McDaniel
(vocals & guitar)

Paul Adamy
(bass)
Ray Marchica
(drums)
Katie Jacoby
(violin)

 

Special guests with the band include:
Napoleon Murphy Brock
Mike Keneally
Robben Ford
Ray White
Ike Willis
Wycliffe Gordon
Candy Zappa
Jimmy Vivino
Rob Paparozzi
Dave Samuels
John Sebastian
Felix Cabrera
Mats & Morgan
Denny Walley
Gary Lucas
Elliott Randall
Howard Levy
Deb Lyons
Catherine Russell
Russ Bonagura
Tom Bowes
George Naha
Carl Restivo
John Tabacco

Jimmy Leahy
Kasim Sultan
Lloyd Price

Kim Davis

Carlos Murguía

Keith Anthony Fluitt

Chrissi Poland
Will Lee

Vaneese Thomas

and

Todd Rundgren

"Twenty-first century big-band music doesn’t get more exciting and impressive than this.”

- Jazz Times

 

“Palermo’s modern alchemists spin everything they touch into gold."

- DownBeat

 

"... (Ed Palermo) one of the greatest musicians and arrangers in the world."

- Christian McBride

 

Ed Palermo is not a "business as usual" musician. After all, when most people think of "big bands," they think "Oh No! Not Jazz!!" But go to see Ed Palermo's Big Band, and you might hear Frank Zappa, Todd Rundgren, The Police, Pat Metheny, or one of Ed's own compositions, loaded with lush turns and unexpected twists.

 

Gil Evans wonderfully articulated Palermo's unusual approach to traditional instrumentation: "I first heard Ed Palermo's music in a small club in the SoHo section of Manhattan. He was using the instrumentation of a traditional big band, yet his arrangements and songs were anything but that. When I thought the music was going in a certain direction, it would suddenly turn a corner. Ed has the ability to keep that important balance between cohesiveness and unpredictability. Ed Palermo's music is alive and represents now."

 

Before forming his band, Ed toured and recorded with many different artists, including Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Lou Rawls, Melba Moore, Debbie Gibson, The Spinners, and countless others. He has written and arranged for the Tonight Show, Maurice Hines and Eddy Fischer. He also arranged the music for a James Brown concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

 

Ed's interpretations of the music of Frank Zappa, Paul Butterfield, Todd Rundgren, The Beatles, Jeff Beck, Procol Harum, Jethro Tull, and others have consistently brought him and his band critical acclaim and rave reviews. The Ed Palermo Big Band's latest CD pays tribute to yet another of his teenage heroes, Texas jazz/blues/rock legend Edgar Winter, who performed on Palermo's first release.

 

Internationally, the Ed Palermo Big Band recently returned to Germany to headline the 30th Annual Zappanale Festival in Bad Doberan. They'll be flying off to Oslo, Norway, this coming spring to perform at the Zappa Union concert.

Locally, the band performs monthly concerts here at The Iridium in NYC and bi-monthly performances at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY.

Check out our friend and frequent collaborator Napoleon Murphy Brock on the podcast Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire. Click here to listen or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts or Pandora (Episode 74).
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