Latin music icon Eddie Palmieri: Don't call me a salsa or jazz artist!

But Palmieri is not exactly sitting still creatively--one of his latest projects include performing music for the soundtrack of “Doin’ It in the Park,” a new documentary produced by hiphop DJ Bobbito García about the history of street basketball in NYC (check here for screenigns). The music, which suggests the ways in which Latin, R&B, and jazz all flow together on the streets of NY from Harlem to Spanish Harlem, will be released as an album in the coming year.

“Ever since I started in the Bronx, African-Americans have always supported me,” says Palmieri. “They used to say, c’mon Eddie, whip some azúcar on us!”

He happily obliged, as they, and the rest of the world, listened in.

Eddie Palmieri will be performing at the Hollywood Bowl with Ruben Blades on August 15 and the 12th Annual New York Salsa Congress on September 2. For all of his tour dates, go here

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