Ed Palermo’s Big Band has been together since 1980 and has been playing and honing the music of Frank Zappa (among other composers) for fifteen years, mainly in performance at the Bottom Line and Iridium nightclubs in New York City.
Their CDs, The Ed Palermo Big Band Plays the Music of Frank Zappa (If you have a copy, it’s now a collector’s item!!!), ‘Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance’ and the newly released ‘Eddy Loves Frank’ are concepts of love for the complex music of Frank Zappa. These crafty interpretations by the Ed Palermo Big Band stand as a testament to the longevity and originality of Zappa and his music. This music drives on its spontaneity and unpredictability. Palermo and his band bring this volatile music to life in a deft and powerful way, making it their own.
Made up of top New York musicians, the CDs also feature guest soloists: ‘Zappa-alums’ guitarist Mike Keneally and vibraphonist Dave Samuels, saxophonists Bob Mintzer and Chris Potter and guitarist Mike Stern.
Palermo has recorded two other critically-acclaimed big band albums and worked with Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Lena Horne and arranged music for James Brown for a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. that took place 3 months before he died. His approach was influenced by Todd Rundgren, Cannonball Adderley, Neil Young, Edgar Winter, Nelson Riddle, Charles Tolliver, Gene Ammons and Brian Wilson. His devotion to eclectic roots also includes classical composers such as Prokofiev and Shostakovich.
More about Ed Palermo: www.palermobigband.com