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25th Anniversary Season of Aaron Davis Hall Celebrates 50 Years of Eddie Palmieri

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New York, NY - ABSOLUT VODKA will add a special “spirit" to the celebration concert of Eddie Palmieri, legendary Latin jazz composer with sponsorship of this vivacious performer. The pianist and bandleader will return triumphantly to Aaron Davis Hall (ADH) for the first New York live performance of his current release Listen Here! Special guest artists will join Palmieri for two cross-cultural and cross-generational concert nights to celebrate his astounding legacy, his latest compositions, and his own birthday. ABSOLUT VODKA is the Official Spirit of the concert that is a production of The Multicultural Music Group and also sponsored by American Airlines, the Official Airline of Aaron Davis Hall. For information visit www.aarondavishall.org.

The star-studded event will take place on December 2 & 3, 2005 at Aaron Davis Hall, a cultural landmark in the heart of Harlem, where Palmieri will celebrate his musical career that spans 50 amazing years during which he has revolutionized the sound of Latin music.

“These concerts will be two historic occasions that will have people dancing in their seats as an amazing array of all-star musicians celebrates the sounds and cultures that created the great genres of salsa and Latin Jazz. I am truly grateful to be the honoree and band leader for this wonderful celebration," Palmieri said.

The uniqueness of this legendary celebration, blended with the ABSOLUT family's eclectic flavored vodkas will encourage music listeners to find their own flavor amongst ABSOLUT Vanilia, ABSOLUT Raspberri, and ABSOLUT Apeach during VIP receptions toasting Palmieri.

“It is a privilege for ABSOLUT VODKA to celebrate the legendary career and birthday of Mr. Eddie Palmieri. With the exceptional reunion of the masters of Latin and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, this will be a must-see event" said Matt Aeppli, Vice President of Marketing for The Absolut Spirits Company, Inc. “We've always felt we added a certain special spirit to any number of cultural occasions, and with something as noteworthy as this, we are happy to be part of the celebration."

Two magical concert nights, Afro Caribbean Jazz Night on Friday, December 2, 2005 and Salsa & Mambo Night on Saturday, December 3, 2005, will showcase Palmieri's stylistically diverse new album, Listen Here!, and the exciting rhythms that have consolidated him as an international Latin music icon. He will be reunited with an eclectic blend jazz luminaries as bassists Christian McBride and John Benitez, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, drummer Horacio “El Negro" Hernandez, master conguero Giovanni Hidalgo, trombonists Jimmy Bosch and Conrad Herwig, Cuban tres guitar master Nelson Gonzalez, trumpeter Brian Lynch, singer Herman Olivera, percussionist Little Johnny Rivero, and performing with Eddie for the first time in the U.S. since 2002, Eddie's original vocalist, Ismael Quintana.

About Eddie Palmieri
A seminal figure in the history of Latin Music, pianist, arranger, composer and bandleader Eddie Palmieri is one of the foremost “salsa" and Latin jazz pianists of the last half of the 20th century. Developing a technique that fuses Latin music rhythmical structures with Jazz harmonies, Eddie Palmieri has bridged the soul of two communities creating a mixture that reflects the New York Spanish Harlem community that he was born and raised in. With strong jazz inspirations in the styles of Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, and McCoy Tyner, Eddie Palmieri is comfortable creating both “throw down" primal dance style music to experimenting with cerebral, esoteric musical flights into uncharted spheres of free-form jazz improvisation.

About Aaron Davis Hall, Inc. (ADH)
Celebrating 25 years as Harlem's center for the performing arts, Aaron Davis Hall (ADH) has built upon Harlem's cultural legacy by honoring tradition while nurturing innovation. ADH has earned a local, national and international reputation for its world class programming, featuring established and emerging artists.

About The Multicultural Music Group, Inc. (MMG)
MMG is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 that is dedicated to providing music education for low-income children and young people. MMG has successfully prepared thousands of students for auditions and music school entrance exams, and coordinates music programs in numerous public schools throughout NYC. Mr. Palmieri is the Honorary Chairman of MMG, lending his time and efforts to the advancement of music education.

About The Absolut Spirits Company, Inc.
The Absolut Spirits Company, Inc., headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of V&S Group and operates under the auspices of V&S Absolut Spirits in Stockholm, which produces and markets ABSOLUT VODKA, ABSOLUT CUT, Level Vodka, DANZKA Vodka, FRIS Vodka and Plymouth Gin. The Absolut Spirits Company, Inc. imports ABSOLUT VODKA, Level, DANZKA Vodka and Plymouth Gin in the US and distributes the brands through FutureBrands LLC, a joint venture with Jim Beam Brands. ABSOLUT VODKA has proudly been a sponsor of Aaron Davis Hall for over 6 years and is committed to supporting its cultural and educational programs dedicated to serving arts lovers in Harlem and beyond.

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