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Born in New York to Puerto Rican parents in 1936, Eddie Palmieri began studying classical piano early in his childhood and performed at the legendary Carnegie Hall already at the age of 11. Palmieri, who founded his first own band at 14, developed a distinctive style of mixing Afro-Caribbean rhythms with modern jazz. “El Maestro” is often cited as a jazz reformer alongside his idol Thelonius Monk. In his dazzling career, the master of Latin jazz and Salsa has been awarded, among other things, nine Grammys and three Latin Grammys.