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The work day started for me around noontime. It was one of my first gigs at
El Diario/La Prensa, the USA's largest Spansih newspaper.
When I arrived at the newspaper
Juan Moreno, Entertainment Editor, and
Eddie Palmieri were in animated conversation
(you know the kind of conversation, about the old days). Eddie also talked about the
recording he was doing with
A cool bright Spring light flooded the the room. Juan wrapped up his interview, Eddie's wife went to powder her nose and, Eddie, writer Ricardo Leon Peña Villa, photographer José Rosario, and myself slipped away to the corner restaurant and bar where there was known to be a piano. The lunch crowd was in full force and the place was crowded and noisy except for the bar where we all had a drink. Eddie played the piano. Not to many people knew who he was and few if any stopped their conversations which when added to the conversations of the other diners made the place sound like a junior-high school lunch room. I took photographs. Ricardo told me to shoot Eddies hands close-up while he played, so I did. Eddie played so beautifully a jazzy rendition of some Latin classic. I can't remember exactly what he played.
The editor ( Juan Moreno) did not use any of my photos. Anyway José Rosario works for El Diario/La Prensa. José is an award winning photographer who is now the Photography Editor of El Diario. Ricardo is a staff-writer at the newspaper. He is a poet with a magical ability to compose poems on the spot especially to the delight of the women of all shapes and sizes who are often the inspiration and subject matter of his spontaneous creations. I went up stairs with them all and shot some pictures in the elevator. The crew was then captured violating the "smoke-free-building" regulation.
Later that night I went to shoot RMM Records recording stars Victor Manuelle and Vanessa at the Copacabana nightclub. Vanessa is daughter Juan Carlos Formel, musical director of Los Van Van one of Cuba's top bands. I used two of the final three photos to take pictures of my Taina princess.The last photo is on Glee Ballard, manager of the Copacabana and Ralph Mercado, President of RMM Records. I left the Copa around 3:30 AM.
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