On Thursday, April 16, big band leader and arranger Ed Palermo will conduct the U.S. Army Blues ensemble in a program of the music of 20th century composer Frank Zappa.
As a jazz arranger, composer, bandleader and saxophonist, Ed Palermo
works magic with Frank Zappa’s music. Since 1994, he has devoted the bulk of the performance by his NY-based, 16-piece Ed Palermo Big Band to his arrangements of Zappa’s compositions. These big-band jazz arrangements are no mere transcriptions; they are “revelations”, as one critic best said. Palermo belongs to a tradition of visionary composers and arrangers who have recognized hidden beauty and genius in an avant garde composer’s radical work, and created arrangements that help reveal that beauty to the public eye. Palermo has arranged over 150 of Zappa tunes. Performed by his inspired and tremendously skilled band, Palermo’s arrangements have helped bring Zappa’s rock music wider recognition outside of the rock world, elevating rock music’s status as ‘serious’ composition while proving that serious and satirical can indeed coexist.
Ed has performed special concerts with the Army Blues ensemble numerous times in the past.
This concert is free and open to the public and will be held at Breuker Hall at Ft. Myer – 400 McNair Road, Fort Myer, VA 2221.
The concert begins at 7:30 and it is STRONGLY suggested that if you attend that you leave extra time for vehicle searches when entering the Army's grounds. ALL people wishing to enter Fort Myer are required to have a valid drivers license.Directions to Brucker Hall
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