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Ed Palermo is not a “business as usual” musician. After all, when most people think of “big bands” they think of Duke and Dorsey. But go to see Ed Palermo’s Big Band and you might hear Zappa, Hendrix, the blues of Paul Butterfield & Mike Bloomfield 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

The Great Un-American Songbook Vol. III: Run for Your Life

Label: Sky Cat
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Within You Without You (Part 1) (The Beatles) / Stop Stop Stop (The Hollies); 2. Run for Your Life (The Beatles); 3. Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles) / Shove It Right In (Frank Zappa); 4. Glad (Traffic); 5. And Your Bird Can Sing (The Beatles); 6. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (The Beatles); 7. Within You Without You (Part 2) (The Beatles); 8. Come Together (The Beatles) / Chunga's Revenge (Frank Zappa); 9. Something in the Air (Thunderclap Newman); 10. Let's Move to Cleveland (Frank Zappa) / Fixing a Hole (The Beatles); 11. Nothing is Easy (Jethro Tull); 12. A Salty Dog (Procol Harum); 13. Shine on Brightly (Procol Harum); 14. Nights in White Satin (The Moody Blues) / Moggio (Frank Zappa).

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The making of The Great Un-American Songbook Vol III: Run for Your Life

Featuring the music of Ed Palermo
Duration: 3:47

Arranger / composer / saxophonist Ed Palermo, leader of the New York based Ed Palermo Big Band, embraces inspiration from jazz, rock and pop sources to create extraordinary arrangements for his jazz big band that always surprise and delight. Watch this video of Palermo, who answers 5 questions about his new album The Great Un-American Songbook V. II: Run for Your Life, and hear his first-rate band music summon joy.
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Modern Big Bands: Christian McBride, Marshal Gilkes, Gerald Wilson, Brian Lynch and More

Read "Modern Big Bands: Christian McBride, Marshal Gilkes, Gerald Wilson, Brian Lynch and More" reviewed by Russell Perry

Since the early days of jazz, composers, arrangers, and players have sought out large ensembles for their potential for rich expression and vibrant musical color. Even in the heyday of small-group dominated bebop, Dizzy Gillespie formed a big band as soon as he could. To this day, while few bands can hold together as touring units, ...

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Nice 'n' Easy Does It - A Celebration on the Centennial of Lew Spence

Read "Nice 'n' Easy Does It - A Celebration on the Centennial of Lew Spence" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In the first hour, a celebration of the centennial of Lew Spence, best known for his hit “Nice 'n' Easy," plus new releases from trumpeters Rebecca Coupe Franks and Carol Morgan with birthday shoutouts to Joan Whitney, Della Reese (pictured), Mavis Staples and Caroline Davis. In the second hour there is a tribute to Johnny Mandel. ...

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My Dear Acquaintance - A Happy New Year

Read "My Dear Acquaintance - A Happy New Year" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

My last broadcast of the decade included several women-penned songs for New Years Eve, with new releases by Boogaloo Joe Jones, Kris Davis and Cathy Segal-Garcia, plus birthday shout outs to Cab Calloway, Una Mae Carlisle, Chris McNulty, Katie Bull, Annie Lennox and Janice Friedman, among others. Also remembering those artists lost in 2019 with a ...

A Lousy Day In Harlem

Label: Sky Cat Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Laurie Frink; Affinity; Brasilliance; Sanfona; Like Lee Morgan; The One with the Balloon; Minority; The Cowboy Song; Well You Needn't; Giant Steps; Next Year; Gargoyles; This Won't Take Long.

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Ed Palermo: A Lousy Day In Harlem

Read "A Lousy Day In Harlem" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il 12 agosto 2018, sessant'anni dopo la celebre foto di Art Kane “A Great Day in Harlem," Ed Palermo s'è fatto fotografare di fronte allo stesso palazzo in pietra marrone. Il titolo del disco non è casuale e la copertina lo ritrae sconsolato, in un marciapiede tristemente vuoto, mentre la sequenza fotografica nel booklet lo vede ...

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Take Five with Ed Palermo

Read "Take Five with Ed Palermo" reviewed by Edward Palermo

Meet Ed Palermo Ed Palermo is an arranger, composer and alto saxophonist mostly known for his big band and their interpretations of the music of Ed's hero, Frank Zappa. Coming out of college in jny: Chicago, his initial plan was to become a great jazz tenor saxophonist in the vein of Michael Brecker, Steve Grossman and ...

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Affinity

Featuring the music of Ed Palermo
Duration: 5:14

In many ways A Lousy Day in Harlem makes a compelling case for Ed Palermo’s abiding love of luscious melody, like “Affinity,” a winsome piece featuring Cliff Lyons’ expert soprano saxophone work. A Lousy Day in Harlem by the Ed Palermo Big Band is available now!

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