Ed Palermo is a musician who has revived a dying genre of music, the big band. Big Bands were all the rage in the 40’s and 50’s, and were every bit as popular as today’s mega stars. Ed though is unique in his approach, his big band specializes in re arranging Frank Zappa tunes into the Jazz format. Ed Palermo And The Big Band have just released their second CD of Zappa music Eddy Loves Frank.

I managed to obtain a copy of the CD last week, and it is wonderful music. I decided to track down Ed Palermo to find out more.

He is an energetic and enthusiastic guy, his regular line up of players numbers 16, or sometimes a couple more for vocals. Obviously with such a large number of players their choices of venue are a little limited. You can hardly squish 16 players onto a 6 foot stage in the corner of a coffee shop.

Very clearly Ed is not in the business for money, dividing up the take between 16 musicians is not going to make you a rich man.

You can listen to the entire interview here, and as a bonus you will also get to here Zappa’s Echidna’s Arf (of you) and Lets Move To Cleveland. Some Zappa purists might not enjoy the idea of translating this music into a Jazz format, but I for one think it is a glorious celebration of Frank Zappa.

More information about Ed Palermo And The Big Band can be found on Ed’s site www.palermobigband.com, you can also order your copy of Eddy Loves Frank from the site.

Simon Barrett

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