Our new CD with Rob Paparozzi is available on CD Baby!


Listen to Ed & Rob's interview on WFDU here
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"Oh No! Not Jazz!!"
Available now on Cuneiform Records! 

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What's New?

 Saturday Dec. 19
The Falcon

Holiday CD giveaway with T-Shirt purchase


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The EPBB's "Oh No,
Not Jazz"
CD is number 10 on the Downbeat Readers Poll!!

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Ed Palermo
Big Band

Ed Palermo
alto saxophone

Cliff Lyons
(alto saxophone,
flute, clarinet
Ben Kono
(flute, clarinet,
tenor saxophone
Bill Straub
(flute, tenor saxophone)
Barbara Cifelli (piccolo, flute, baritone saxophone, clarinet)
Phil Chester
(piccolo, flute, soprano & alto saxophones)

Ronnie Buttacavoli  John Bailey

Charlie Gordon
 Mike Boschen
Matt Ingman

 Bob Quaranta
Ted Kooshian (harpsichord,
Bruce McDaniel
(vocals & guitar)
Paul Adamy
Ray Marchica
Katie Jacoby


"I canít remember the last time that
a concert left me
so breathless.
The entire evening was a stunning balance of musical precision, passion and power."

Review by
Greg Haymes



Ed and his amazing 17 piece band (+ guests) return with their third album of his distinctive, big-band interpretations of the great 20th century composer, Frank Zappa. This body of work has won them huge acclaim from both new and old fans of the music and they even appeared on NPR's Weekend Edition for a short feature which was heard by millions of listeners in 2006. For those not already familiar with Ed's colorful, jazz-based arrangements of Zappa's compositions, Ed has led a big band for 30 years (!) and has had his band performing the music of Frank Zappa for 15 years. Many years of playing these pieces in front of hugely enthusiastic crowds have honed the bandís skills interpreting Zappa's beautiful but notoriously difficult material to where they are able to perform these challenging charts with apparent ease. All of these musicians are high caliber, hugely talented NYC professional players, and most of them have been playing this music for a decade and a half with this group, not because it is a good paying gig (it isn't) but because they all admire and appreciate the genius of Zappa's work and they love having the opportunity to be able to perform these terrifically exciting charts.

Photo by Bernard Ente


A message from Ed:

For a variety of reasons, I have decided to stop using Frank Zappa's name in our concert and night club advertising. For one, it's common knowledge at this point that the Zappa Estate frowns on it, so part of my decision is to hopefully placate the estate, though it was never my intention to capitalize on FZ's name and fame. It was strictly to inform the audience of the material they would hear at the shows.

Let it be said that this project, The Ed Palermo Big Band in tribute to the music of Frank Zappa, is and will always be, a money losing proposition.

Those of you who have seen us in performance know that this whole thing is about love, as corny as that sounds. Frank himself would probably wretch at this abject sentimentality, but it's true. Love for Frank's music and for everything he brought to our culture. From now on, my concerts will be a mixture of music, but Zappa tunes will always be in the forefront.

So when you check this site for concert information, to get an idea of the exact material we'll be performing, it's best to get on my mailing list so I can send you a personal email detailing what we intend to play.

Fair enough? I sure hope so.

The EPBB T-shirt is available now at all our shows.
Thanks to our model, the great Todd Rundgren!!



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