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Eddie Palmieri Headlines Jazz Canarias 2011

Thursday May 26, 2011

Eddie Palmieri Headlines Jazz Canarias 2011

The line up for Jazz Canarias 2011 has just been announced and amongst some of the big names appearing at venues across the archipelago will be jazz legends such as Eddie Palmieri and Lee Ritenour. The twentieth edition of this annual music festival runs from 1st to 10th July, with events organised across five of the seven Canary Islands.

The line up for Jazz Canarias 2011 has just been released, with some big name artists such as Eddie Palmieri already confirmed to appear. Specific dates and venues for the Lanzarote events still remain to be confirmed however. And traditionally the bigger names tend to appear on Tenerife and Gran Canaria only.

Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri has achieved an international following with his salsa infused music. He has won nine Grammy awards over the course of his musical career and has been honoured with various awards from the music industry, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award at the DC Jazz Festival in the United States.

His 1965 album 'Azucar Pa Ti' is recognised as one of the groundbreaking records of that decade, introducing Afro-Cuban rhythms to the band music He will be playing in both Tenerife and Gran Canaria during the Jazz Canarias Festival.

Lee Ritenour is a Grammy winning jazz guitarist, whose musical career took off in the 1970's as he began to develop his own unique style of playing. The genre of jazz he works in is mostly smooth jazz, although he has been influenced by music as disparate as the blues and modern rock. Lee Ritenour will be playing with long standing band member Dave Grusin in both Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

Other confirmed artists include the Dave Holland Quartet, the Polo Orti Group, the jazz infused hip hop of Jose James and the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. The Lanzarote leg of the Jazz Canarias event will be taking place in Teguise, with specific dates to be confirmed.

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