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Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Eddie Palmieri Afro Caribbean Jazz Sextet
(Eddie Palmieri Website)

With:
Eddie Palmieri on Piano
Ruben Rodriguez on Bass
Jose Clausell on Timbales
Vicente “Little Johnny” Rivero on Congas
Ivan Renta on Tenor Saxophone
Richie Viruet on Trumpet
Steve Turre (Guest) on Trombone

At
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
NY, NY
212.258.9595
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Programming Director
Scott Thompson, Press


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 1, 2009


Eddie Palmieri’s Afro Caribbean Jazz Sextet included Eddie Palmieri on Piano, Ruben Rodriguez on Bass, Jose Clausell on Timbales, Vicente “Little Johnny” Rivero on Congas, Ivan Renta on Tenor Saxophone, Richie Viruet on Trumpet, and Steve Turre (Guest) on Trombone. I arrived for this set (after the ballet) during a piano-conga conversation, steady and fierce. Immediately, I felt the definitive dance rhythms, warm and tropical, before they switched to melancholy fusion. Clausell’s timbales (that look like small drums) worked together with “Little Johnny” Rivero’s congas to build the pulse. This true Latin fervor included numerous duos, and, when Ivan Renta infused the music with his moody, bluesy sax, Rivero’s congas turned slow and sultry. Clausell’s cymbals helped turn mambo to rhumba, and this meandering melody became momentous.

“In Walked Bud”, written by Thelonius Monk and dedicated to Bud Powell, went wild, with soulful and sensational tones and tempos. Eddie Palmieri led Richie Viruet, Ivan Renta, and guest, Steve Turre, on a brassy bravura, while Rubén Rodriguez and the percussion merged to set up a surprise. Just when you thought the set was over, “Little Johnny” Rivero fired up a conga solo and the band finished with a frenzied finale. Check the Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website for future dates and artists.



Eddie Palmieri at Leisure
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Vicente "Little Johnny" Rivero (congas),
Richie Viruet (trumpet), Eddie Palmieri (piano),
Jose Clausell (timbales)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Vicente "Little Johnny" Rivero (congas),
Richie Viruet (trumpet), Eddie Palmieri (piano),
Jose Clausell (timbales)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Richie Viruet (trumpet), Ivan Renta (tenor sax),
Rodriguez (bass), Jose Clausell (timbales),
Vicente "Little Johnny" Rivero (congas)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Vicente "Little Johnny" Rivero (congas),
Ivan Renta (tenor sax)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Vicente "Little Johnny" Rivero (congas),
Ivan Renta (tenor sax), Richie Viruet (trumpet)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Eddie Palmieri Afro Caribbean Jazz Sextet
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net