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“Many Backgrounds, Many Stories … One American Spirit”

Edmar Castaneda
Sat 10/8
8:30p & 10:30p

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and in the spirit of this year’s theme: “Many Backgrounds, Many Stories…One American Spirit”, Bohemian Caverns is proud to present.

Harpist Edmar Castaneda takes to the stage in his debut performance in the Cave! Edmar Castaneda was born in 1978, in the city of Bogota, Colombia. Since his move to the United States in 1994, Edmar has quite literally taken New York and the world stage by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp-revolutionizing the way audiences and critics alike consider an instrument commonly relegated to the “unusual category”. A master at realizing beautiful complexities of time, while skillfully drawing out lush colors and dynamic spirit, Edmar has been characterized by The New York Times as “almost a world unto himself”.

Legendary Paquito D’Rivera remarked: “Edmar is…an enormous talent, he has the versatility and the enchanting charisma of a musician who has taken his harp out of the shadow to become one of the most original musicians from the Big Apple.”

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Jacky Terrason Trio –  10/21 & 10/22

Just Added! Tia Fuller – 11/4 & 11/5

Lonnie Liston Smith – 11/11 & 11/12

Etienne Charles – 12/02

Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival 2011

2011 DC Jazz Festival Pays Tribute to Jazz Legends – Jimmy Heath & Eddie Palmieri
Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Honors Two Jazz Giants

(April 26, 2011, Washington, D.C.) —The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) today announced that its annual Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to two unique jazz legends: brilliant saxophonist Jimmy Heath, and celebrated Puerto Rican pianist, Eddie Palmieri — both also renowned bandleaders and prodigious composers — at its 7th annual festival, held June 1-13. Each year the DCJF honors jazz greats for their lifetime contributions to jazz and humanity. Past awardees include James Moody, Ellis Marsalis, George Wein, Clark Terry, Hank Jones, Dr. Billy Taylor and Dave Brubeck.

“We are thrilled to present this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award to two distinguished artists in recognition of their indelible contributions to jazz. They have dedicated their lives to jazz as an art form, educational tool and unifying force,” said DC Jazz Festival Executive Producer Charles Fishman. “No words could adequately express how much Mr. Heath and Mr. Palmieri have impacted the jazz genre and community.”

A nine-time Grammy Award winner, Eddie Palmieri is renowned for his unique blend of jazz and Latin rhythms. His musical career spans more than 50 years as a groundbreaking pianist, composer/arranger, and leader of celebrated Salsa and Latin jazz orchestras, as well as smaller ensembles. Palmieri, a restless, yet instinctive artist, embraces the future of his music by unapologetically blazing a distinctive musical path. A true powerhouse of brilliance, known for his astute arranging skills and historic compositions, he has also generously mentored countless young musicians throughout his career.

Palmieri and his 11-piece All-Star Salsa Orchestra will close the free Jazz on the National Mall extravaganza on Sunday, June 12.

For more information on the DC Jazz Festival, to purchase tickets and to see the full schedule go to DC Jazz Fest.