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At last month’s “Santeros to Salseros: Latin Music from Cuba to NY” discussion at George Mason University, the three panel members—author Ned Sublette, radio personality Jim Byers, and musician Kip Hanrahan—all agreed that if New York born-Puerto Rican pianist Eddie Palmieri were Anglo, he would be recognized as one of America’s great musicians, and not just a top-notch Latin-jazz keyboardist. What ifs aside, the 74-year-old Palmieri continues to tour frequently, bringing his special brand of thundering ivory-bashing and animated between-song patter to audiences everywhere. For his latest D.C. set, he’ll collaborate once again with trumpeter Brian Lynch, with whom he recorded the aptly titled 2006 album Simpatico.

THE EDDIE PALMIERI-BRIAN LYNCH QUARTET PERFORMS AT 8 AND 10 P.M. (SAME TIME FRIDAY AND SATURDAY) AT BLUES ALLEY, 1073 WISCONSIN AVE. NW. (202) 337-4141