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Feb '12 Newsletter

Hi there - I hope you’re having a great start to 2012 as we move now into February.

I’ve been hard at work writing writing writing (!) and spending a lot of time on Pro Tools as a couple of releases I’m producing are well on their way to be completed. These releases will get more of the spotlight in forthcoming newsletters - one happens to be my own next release which I’m very, very (very!) excited about. (I just finished scoring a harp. Yay harp!) Stay tuned.

Every year around this time I usually do a little retrospective on the previous year’s events. I find this process to be very enlightening and helpful to refocusing my efforts for the coming year. It’s almost like doing a tax return on your year’s calendar or journal....probably not the best analogy but the process works for me! You'll find the link below.

There’s also plenty of GOODIES below - scroll to the bottom to find a link to an entire glossary of latin music terms. Stuff like plena and guaguanco and moñas and coros. Really useful stuff! You’ll also find a link to my NEW “webstore”, which is basically a catalog of music and charts that I’ve accrued during my years of performing and arranging for all of these amazing artists. If you're an educator, I would highly recommend checking out some of these jazz, latin jazz, and salsa charts for your students. You’ll find the prices highly competitive.

Ok - enough blah blah. I hope you enjoy some of this content and I’ll be right back at ya soon.

As always - thanks for reading!

Upcoming Tour Dates, New Sheet Music Store, Year in Review 2011, Conjunto Rovira @ Cafe Cocomo SF, Glossary of Latin Terms


Feb 10-12 E Family feat. Pete, Peter Michael & Juan Escovedo- Yoshi's San Francisco, CA tickets

Feb 17 Spanish Harlem Orchestra, La Granada, Alhambra CA tickets

Feb 18 Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Ventura CA tickets

Feb 23-26 E Family feat. Pete, Peter Michael & Juan Escovedo - Jazz Alley, Seattle WA tickets

March 1 "Direct from NYC" Doug Beavers y Su Conjunto Rovira - Cafe Cocomo SF tickets


March 2012 Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Europe & US Tour

3/11 Luxemborg, LUXEMBORG tickets

3/14, 15 Wein, AUSTRIA tickets

3/17 Rialto Theatre, Georgia State University, Atlanta GA tickets

3/18 Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville TN tickets

Full Itinerary

DB.COM SHEET EddiePalmierimusic webstorE - NOW OPEN!

I’ve made available my complete catalog of 156 arrangements, orchestrations and transcriptions that I’ve completed through the years with artists like Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, Conrad Herwig, Mingus Big Band & more!  

Also, you’ll find my 3 recordings with accompanying sheet music for each track on those albums.  Folks have been ordering in earnest for their schools - what does your school wanna play? We can easily orchestrate any of them for your school.

All orders processed easily via Paypal, within the business day.





YEAR IN REVIEW 2011EddiePalmieri

New schools, chance elevator meetings with legends, and a Nor 'easter in October.   Includes videos of my performances with Spanish Harlem Orchestra during our Euro Tour '11 and with Eddie Palmieri in Medellín, Colombia.





Show just added! Doug Beavers y su Conjunto Rovira will return to the Bay Area for this one very special show.

We'll be featuring the great Karl Perrazo (Carlos Santana) on percussion and also the amazing Courture Dance Alliance which will be creating special choreography to the music of Conjunto Rovira.

Cafe Cocomo. March 1st. It's on.




glossary of latin termsEddiePalmieri

My good friend trumpeter Pete Nater came across this wonderful glossary of Latin Terms.From guaguanco to plena to "El Barrio" this is great stuff that you'll want revisit again and again. Enjoy.

go to the Glossary now



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Year in Review 2011


Harelm School of Urban Music Pro Recording StudioWinter 2011 saw my first winter in New York after being away for 5 years - it seemed that New York had something brutal in store..the worst winter that New York had ever seen in terms of snowfall.  Every weekend it was “well folks, another 27 inches of snow will drop on Jersey City” an so on and so forth.  Braving the elements, however, my Harlem School of Urban Music and Recording Arts gained some real traction when we got the pro recording studio set up.

February gave me the opportunity to escape from Old Man Winter’s wrath, fleeing the city for a couple of stints with Pete Escovedo & Sheila E. at Yoshi’s San Francisco and Jazz Alley, Seattle.  While in Seattle, I got to join my good friend Thomas Marriott for a joint gig of ours at Tula’s and a concert with Michael Feinstein at Seattle’s beautiful Benaroya Hall.

March gave further respite from the historical winter in NY, allowing me to join Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra for a gig in Los Cabos, Mexico, of all places.  My Conjunto Rovira band was also asked to headline the 2nd annual San Francisco Salsa Festival.

Back at the Harlem School of Urban Music, we auditioned and recruited our very first student class and began running classes in music theory, production and recording.  The Harlem School Live! series also got underway and we were able to bring world-class NYC musicians into the facility to rehearse, record, and work with the students: 


They say things really change in Spring, and that held especially true for me in April.  I found myself single after six years of a relationship, four of them while being engaged.  This naturally really made me think about my life, goals and direction in a purely introspective way.  Even at this writing I can’t help but think about what a different path I am currently on.  This is a good thing.

Late April gave me the opportunity to record on Richie Viruet’s Blue Clave All Stars DVD.  Here’s a link to one of the tunes on which I’m featured.

With May arrived better weather and some more action on the music scene.  I was able to perform with Spanish Harlem Orchestra at Erie, PA and in Harlem NYC for the annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival.  On the 28th, I rejoined Eddie Palmieri La Perfecta II for a gig at Jacksonville Jazz Festival.  After the awesome gig, I found myself on an elevator with two people whom you might know:

Eddie Palmieri & Herbie Hancock - I'll never forget this moment!


June 2011 saw the arrival of the Summer touring season in full swing.  In my view the Puerto Rican Parade in NYC as the non-official start to this touring season, and I was able to perform on a float with “El Loco” Willie Alvarez for 2011’s version of the parade.  My memory of this parade is somewhat fuzzy - but that which I do remember was great fun!

June also saw the end of the first official semester at Harlem School of Urban Music.  I was extremely proud of what the students accomplished and all of the work they put in.  In collaboration with the video team at HSUM, we were able to put together this short EPK for the school:

From the school, it was back on the plane for more touring.  I joined Sheila E. for her gig at The Hague Jazz Festival in Amsterdam on the 18th  and then immediately flew back to Chicago, where I joined SHO for a gig in that great city’s Puerto Rican day celebration on the 19th.  I also appeared with SHO at the Toronto Jazz Festival and then Eddie Palmieri La Perfecta II played for the hometown crowd at BB King’s, NYC in Times Square.

It was more of the same in July where I played with the Pete, Sheila, and the E Family at the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival (meeting some great friends in the process - like this legend and at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA (south of San Jose).  A week later, we did our summer stint at Yoshi’s Oakland.

It was at this point that I was notified that I was a full-fledged member of Spanish Harlem Orchestra and that I would be joining them for their Euro Tour 2011, which ended up being a blast and an experience.  Here’s the schedule from that tour and accompanying video from some of our gigs:


7/28 SHO Vence, France

7/30 Rotterdam

7/31 Paris

8/4 Marciac

8/5 Corsica

8/7 Berlin

In August I got to fly back to my “homeland”, the SF Bay Area and perform with my ensembles.  A highlight was definitely my band’s appearance at San Jose Jazz Festival featuring Wayne Wallace and Abel Figueroa in a 3 trombone front line.  Here’s video from that performance:


 Fall 2011

September was full speed ahead as well, and I was able to join Eddie Palmieri La Perfecta II for some historic gigs in Medellin & Barranquilla, Colombia.  Here’s some video from those amazing concerts:

Spanish Harlem Orchestra also toured the West Coast towards the later half of the month, and I was able to spend my birthday with them on stage at La Granada in Los Angeles.  Here’s SHO’s itinerary from that tour:

9/21 SHO LA

9/22 SHO LA Granada

9/23 SHO San Jose Cultural Arts Center

9/24 SHO Albuquerque NM

9/25 SHO San Antonio TX

October saw the pace notch down a step, but it wasn’t without an exciting trip to St. Petersburg, Russia with SHO.  Some places we never dream of going when we are young, but as it were I found myself with a ticket on Aeroflot to Moscow.  We transferred on to St. Petersburg for an amazing gig at the St. Petersburg Salsa Festival with some wonderful people.

The end of October threw a total screwball - a full fledged Nor’ Easter on the 29th.  The same day that SHO was to leave for Boston for a concert that evening.  Half the band was diverted on to Amtrak and we arrived in Boston 30 minutes before the showtime.  “But I thought you said you wanted to be a musician.”, said Mother.

Trying to hustle back to Penn Station NYC to catch Boston train!

November finally slowed down and allowed me to focus on the Harlem School and on composing my next recording.  One gig that was a total treat was performing with Terese Geneco and Shaynee Rainbolt at Yoshi’s Oakland CA for a tribute show for the legendary arranger Russ Garcia.  Russ was supposed to be there but he had to stay back in New Zealand due to doctor’s orders.  Terese and Shaynee skyped him in on video and we were able to play his arrangements for him and for the audience live.  Sadly, Russ passed a mere week later.  Some gigs you never forget.

2011 ended with a bang with a stint at Yoshi’s San Francisco with Eddie Palmieri and a show in Folsom CA (close to Sacramento).  Besides having a great time, I learned some definitive lessons from these particular shows.

A day after it was a rush up to Eastern Canada for tour with Spanish Harlem’s “Salsa Navidad” show, where we performed in St. Catherines, Kingston, and Toronto.  The Toronto show in particular was special with an amazing venue in the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall.

Finally, 2011 winded down and I was fortunate enough to be able to vacation with my family in Maui HI.  It made me realize the time you spend relaxing and seeing the world is just as important as the time you spend hustling and working.  They are truly yin and yang.



Spanish Harlem Orch. West Coast Tour - Starts Tomorrow!

9/21 - Los Angeles CA 8-9p AARP Convention, LA Studios

9/22 5-8a Live Taping Primera Edicion (Univision) 

        Live Taping -  Lanzate (Telefutura)

       10p - Show at the The Granada LA

9/23 San Jose CA -  9:45p Spanish Harlem Orch. w/guest Tito Puente Jr.

9/24 Albuquerque NM -8p Old Town Albuquerque
9/25 San Antonio TX 8:30 Travis Park Jazz’s Alive


Doug Beavers' "Titanes del Trombón" to kick off San Jose Jazz Festival, August 12th

Wayne Wallace, Doug Beavers & Jimmy Bosch, - SF Salsa Congress 2008

Doug Beavers "Titanes del Trombón", featuring Wayne Wallace and Abel Figueroa, will kick off the 2011 San Jose Jazz Festival on the Kaiser Permanente Stage at 6p.

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Watch and read more about Titanes del Trombón here.

Doug Beaverstrombone
Wayne Wallacetrombone
Abel Figueroatrombone
Carlos Rosariovocals
Murray Lowpiano
David Belovebass
Josh Jonesdrums
Danilo Paizpercussion
Edgardo Cambónpercussion



Harlem Samba records at Harlem School of Urban Music @ FDA

Today, I had the great pleasure of recording the great Harlem Samba Ensemble led by Mr. Dana Monteiro.

Recorded here at the Harlem School of Urban Music @FDA , these guys really showed a professonal acumen and readily demonstrated the attention to detail that they've installled into their extensive rehearsing schedule.  Check out and download free these three tracks and witness what has made this band a New York City and international phoenomenon.