Press Release

August 31, 2020

Oolite Arts and the Arsht Center’s Jazz Roots Series Present Art Sounds: Improv with Latin Jazz Legend Eddie Palmieri

A new collaboration between the two Miami arts organizations, Art Sounds connects the impact the visual and performing arts have on each other

Aug. 31, 2020 (MIAMI) – On Sept. 9, enjoy an online improv session with Latin Jazz legend Eddie Palmieri, as he reflects on the visual artists who have inspired his career.
The event is a part of Art Sounds: Improv, a new collaboration between two leading Miami arts organizations, Oolite Arts and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. The series celebrates the inspirational relationship between the performing and visual arts. Before performing live, Palmieri will be in conversation with his daughter, Gabriela Palmieri, an art consultant and former Sotheby’s executive, exploring the art in his collection that has influenced his music.
The event will be streamed at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 on both Oolite Arts’ and the Arsht Center’s Facebook pages.
“As they work alone in their studios, visual artists are often moved and deeply inspired by the works of their favorite musicians. The same is true for performers. We hope this series illuminates the connections between the mediums, while we all get to enjoy music from our country’s top performers,” said Esther Park, vice president/programs at Oolite Arts.
“The expression of the arts – be it visual or musical – is a creative way to connect us to the world around us and to each other. We are excited to experience this collaboration in the hopes of broadening the understanding of how the arts inform the artists and audiences. Partnering with Oolite Arts is a great opportunity for The Arsht Center and our community,” said Liz Wallace, vice president of programming at the Arsht Center .
The series, launched in August with pianist Aaron Diehl, will continue in November, 2020. Participating artists will be announced soon.
Art Sounds: Improv with Latin Jazz Legend Eddie Palmieri
Presented by Oolite Arts and the Arsht Center’s Jazz Roots Series
6 p.m. Sept. 10
Online on the Facebook pages of Oolite Arts and the Arsht Center

About Eddie Palmieri
Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. Palmieri’s professional career as a pianist took off with various bands in the early 1950s including Eddie Forrester, Johnny Segui’s, and the popular Tito Rodriguez Orchestra.
About Oolite Arts
Oolite Arts helps Miami-based artists advance their careers and inspires the cultural community to engage with their work. Established in 1984, Oolite Arts is both a community and a resource, providing visual artists with the studio space, exhibition opportunities and financial support they need to experiment, grow and enrich the city. Through its educational programming, Oolite Arts helps Miamians learn about contemporary art and develop their own artistic skills. For more, visit

About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Set in the heart of downtown Miami and designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has emerged as a leader in presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity as well as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area. Spotlighting legends and serving as a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage, the Center presents nearly 400 events each year across its flexible, state-of-the-art performance spaces. The Center programs several Signature Series, including the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival, and a robust program of new theatrical works as well as free programming for the community and an arts education program that serves nearly 60,000 children each year. As Miami’s new Town Square, the Arsht Center also houses BRAVA by Brad Kilgore, a fine dining restaurant; the Café at Books & Books in the historic Carnival Tower and a weekly Farmers Market. Visit for more information.


Marika Lynch, [email protected], 305-898-3595
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