Eddie Palmieri is a Nine-time Grammy Award winning pianist, bandleader and musician. His musical career spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. Eddie began his musical career in the early 1950’s performing in Eddie Forrester’s Orchestra before joining Johnny Segui’s band and also performing with the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra. He formed his own band in 1961, the legendary “La Perfecta”. In 1974, Eddie became the first Latin musician to win a Grammy Award for Best Latin Recording with The Sun of Latin Music. Palmieri won two Grammys for the recordings of Palo Pa Rumba and Solito. He won two more Grammys with his record Masterpiece with Tito Puente and he was named the "Outstanding Producer of the Year" by the National Foundation of Popular Culture. Palmieri directed a "Big Band Tribute" to his late brother Charlie at Avery Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in November of 2004. His most recent Grammy came for his 2006 album Simpático.Claudia Villela’s journey into music began at her home in Rio de Janeiro, where she listened to her father play harmonica and her mother sing. She would fall asleep to the music from a samba school that practiced nightly behind her grandparents’ home. She moved to California in 1984 and joined the Stanford University Chorus the following year. In 1986, Villela joined the De Anza College Jazz Singers. She won first prize in Downbeat's vocal jazz competition that year. Claudia was awarded a scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music to study with Sheila Jordan. She produced her first release in 1994, Asa Verde.