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The Ed Palermo Big Band Mixes It Up on Morning Jazz, As on 'A Lousy Day In Harlem'

Hugh Brennan

Ed Palermo is real good for jazz. Why? Because this saxophonist, composer and arranger moves his big band to consider any source an engaging good time for receiving ears and eyes.

Ed visited Morning Jazz with the entire group to chat about their latest album, A Lousy Day In Harlem (Sky Cat Records).

The first number they performed was a mash-up of Frank Zappa, Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington, with a Frederick Lowe finish on "Get Me To The Church On Time." Take some time to hear what I’m talkin’ about.

The Ed Palermo Big Band appears Wednesday at The Social Club, 499 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, N.J., as part of this year’s Montclair Jazz Festival.

Ed Palermo, leader and alto sax solo; Mike James,vocals; Nicki Denner, tap dancer; Emily Pecoraro, 1st alto sax; Phil Chester, 2nd alto sax and soprano sax; Drew Vandewinckel, tenor sax and clarinet; Dan Pearson, tenor sax; Barbara Cefelli, baritone sax; Charley Gordon, lead trombone; Michael Boschen, 2nd trombone; Matt Ingman, bass trombone and tuba; ronnie Buttacavoli, lead trumpet; Augie Haas, 2nd trumpet; Bob Quaranta, piano; Ted Kooshian, synth; Paul Adamy, electric bass; Ray Marchica, drums

David Tallacksen, Audio Mix

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosts the morning show each weekday from 6:00am -12:00pm. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.