Those now controllable frenzy-dancing salsa fans will always have explosive memories of the master Afro-Caribbean and salsa master Eddie Palmieri during his days leading his Conjunto La Perfecta (1961), his album “Azucar Pa Ti” (“Sugar for Me”), which is in the Library of Congress, and his collaborations with Cal Tjader.
As part of a yearlong series of milestones to celebrate his 80th year, Palmieri has a residency at NYC Subrosa (63 Gansevoort St. in Greenwich Village) that started in April and runs through August, two sets each night at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The Subrosa residency will highlight Palmieri’s unprecedented career as a band-leader, arranger, composer and performer who has innovated multiple genres for more than 60 years.
During Palmieri’s Afro-Caribbean Jazz Mondays, he will feature new guests every week, personally chosen from an all-star cast of artists who make up the pianist’s musical family.
May 8 kicks off with Eddie Palmieri Presents: Little Johnny Rivero & His Giants, featuring special guests the drummer/timbalist Luis Quintero and the tenor saxophonist Craig Handy. The band includes the leader and conga player Little Johnny Rivero, bassist Luques Curtis, pianist Alex Tosca, trumpeter Jonathan Powell and alto saxophonist Louis Fouche.
May 15, the Eddie Palmieri Quartet performs with special guest trombonist Conrad Herwig, pianist Palmieri, Luques Curtis, Little Johnny Rivero and drummer Camilo Molina.
May 22, Eddie Palmieri Presents: A Night of Flamenco Jazz, with Little Johnny Rivero, Luques Curtis, Alex Tosca, Luis Quintero, Craig Handy, Jonathan Powell and Louis Fouche.
The residency began with the release of Palmieri’s first studio album since 2006 on April 21 (Ropeadope Music). It is entitled “Wisdom /Sabiduria.” The title speaks to the refinement of both a Latin music and jazz master, with signature elements of seamlessly blended funk and R&B.
Alternating between Afro-Caribbean Jazz Mondays and Palmieri Presents, the 10-time Grammy winner will debut recorded music, premier unrecorded compositions and feature NYC’s top instrumentalists and vocalists.
For reservations, visit the website subrosanyc.com.
Here in Gotham, Puerto Rican music has been a bedrock of this multiethnic hustle-bustle town. On May 11, New York University professor Licia Fiol-Matta will present and read from her new book, “The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music” (2017).
The book traces the careers of four iconic Puerto Rican singers, Myrta Silva, Ruth Fernández, Ernestina Reyes and Lucecita Benítez, while exploring how their voices and performance styles transformed the public perception of the female vocalist in popular music.
The presentation will be followed by a short music performance featuring Jeanne Sol, who performs as Myrta Silva in Teatro SEA’s “La Gloria” and guitarist Yasser Tejeda.
This event, at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public and takes place at the Bronx Music Heritage Center, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd. For a complete schedule of events, visit the website thisisbronxmusic.org.
The noted Texas-born flutist Bobbi Humphrey so impressed the iconic trumpeter and composer Dizzy Gillespie at a talent show that he advised her to pursue a musical career in New York City, which is a move she never regretted. During New York’s spring and summer months, one will often see her at one of her favorite restaurants along Lenox Avenue, dining or taking a meeting with some renowned musician such as the pianist John Lewis.
Today Humphrey remains a major performing crowd pleaser, as she has displayed (since her residency began) at Harlem’s popular jazz room Ginny’s, downstairs from the Red Rooster Restaurant (310 Lenox Ave., between 125th and 126th streets).
Humphrey continues her dynamite performance at Ginny’s on May 12, billed as Bobbi Humphrey’s Birthday Bash & Jam, with two shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
She will perform with her longtime abled quartet and surprise guests. Her music will be a mixture of hits from her catalogue and new music. Her range continues to be somewhat eclectic, with straight-ahead jazz with some funky Harlem River drive rhythms.
She has recorded with a variety of musicians, from George Benson to Lee Morgan, but for sure her most memorable has to be with pianist, composer and arranger Duke Ellington.
For information or reservations, call 212-421-3821.
The Jazz Gallery is a jazz club that separates itself from all the others with young musicians who have the musical audacity to challenge the jazz tradition while moving it forward with great respect and hard swing.
May 15, the nonprofit club will host its annual gala fundraiser at the Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South, at 7 p.m.
This year’s honorees will include the Lifetime Achievement Award to the renowned saxophonist and composer Charles Lloyd, one of the most powerful and deeply lyrical voices in jazz for more than five decades.
The pianist, composer, arranger and nine-time Grammy Award winner Chucho Valdes will receive the Founders Award. He is one of the most influential figures in modern Afro-Cuban jazz.
The Contribution to the Arts Award will be presented to Arthur Barnes, former chairman at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, president of 100 Black Men and president the New York Urban Coalition, and to Michael Cuscuna, prolific jazz record producer, Grammy winner, founder of Mosaic Records and leading discographer at Blue Note Records.
There will be a special tribute performance by the trumpeter and composer Roy Hargrove, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon, tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott, pianist Fabian Almazan, percussion Mauricio Herrera, bassist John Benitez and drummer EJ Strickland. There is a special VIP dinner with honorees at 8:30 p.m. Space is limited.
For tickets, visit the website www.jazzgallery.org.