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Caliente! Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month

"Caliente! Latin Jazz with Eddie Palmieri" is a fiery four-program series that explores the intimate connections between American and Latin jazz.

Labor Day at 5 PM Jazz89 is the place to be for Calientie! A full four hours Caliente! -- with the program repeating as one hour shows each Sunday in September at 6 PM.

Co-hosted by Eddie Palmieri and Carlos Lando, each program showcases eight-time Grammy Award-winner Palmieri, his rhythm section, a jazz soloist and a special guest, such as vibraphonist Joe Locke and pianist Monty Alexander. Guided by Palmieri and Lando, the artists' insights and performances illuminate the commonalities and distinctions between Latin jazz and other music styles.

"Caliente!" covers the origins of Latin jazz and its exciting contemporary directions, beginning with its formative years in the U.S. during the 1940s with Cuban artists Mario Bauza and Chano Pozo, and BeBop jazz pioneer Dizzy Gillespie. It's a style whose popularity has grown dramatically over the past decade. In 2005 for example, Palmieri's "Listen Here!" soared to #1 on the national jazz charts ? not just in Latin jazz, but all jazz. Current stars include tenor saxophonist David Sanchez, conga master Giovanni Hidalgo, bassist Joe Santiago, trumpeter Brian Lynch, drummer Adam Cruz, percussionists Jose Clausell, Jose Madera and others, many of whom are featured in the program.

"Caliente! Latin Jazz with Eddie Palmieri!" ? an exciting opportunity to embrace a fabulous genre and its top artists.

The program producer recommends the following Web sites as good resources for listeners to learn more about Hispanic heritage and cultures. Promote them online and in print:

** www.historychannel.com/classroom/hhm

** www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson023.shtml

** www.factmonster.com/spot/hhm1.html

** www.cr.nps.gov/nr/feature/hispanic

hispanicheritage.org

.hispaniconline.com