Ed Palermo Big Band at the Iridium Reviewed

Source: All About Jazz.

You can just about always count on a number of things in any show by the Ed Palermo Big Band: the music of Frank Zappa; inventive arrangements, richly crafted; tight, stellar playing by the ensemble; a nearly non-stop pace; and—maybe above all—a lively sense of humor. Not one to disappoint, the leader started off the first set of Friday’s show with an important announcement: he would be wearing his wife’s pants for the entire evening. (“How do you women do it? The zipper’s backwards!”) He promised that this would in no way diminish his masculinity, but “the way I conduct will!”