Remo Palmier

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Remo Palmier
Birth name Remo Paul Palmieri
Born (1923-03-29)March 29, 1923
New York
Died February 2, 2002(2002-02-02)
New York
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1942–
Labels Concord

Remo Paul Palmier (March 29, 1923 – February 2, 2002) was an American jazz guitarist.


Remo Palmier enter the New York City jazz world in the 1940s and soon found himself playing with some the best known names in jazz, such as Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. His talents were in great demand and during this same period he recorded with Teddy Wilson. In 1945 he recorded with Gillespie and Parker and Red Norvo and was awarded a "new star" award from Esquire magazine. Over the years he also played with Pearl Bailey, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan, and was part of Nat Jaffe's trio.[1][2][3]

In 1945, he began performing with Arthur Godfrey on CBS Radio and taught Godfrey to play the ukulele. He was with the Godrey show for twenty-seven years. In 1952, he changed his name legally in 1952 to Palmier, omitting the "i" at the end, to avoid being confused with Eddie Palmieri.

When the Godfrey show was canceled in 1972, Palmier returned to playing clubs in New York. In 1977 his friend Herb Ellis convinced Carl Jefferson to invite Palmier to the Concord Jazz Festival in Concord, California. At the festival Palmier and Ellis played as a duo. Later that year they recorded Windflower, which ended Palmier's thirty-year hiatus from recording. In 1979 Concord Jazz produced Remo Palmier, the first recording on which Remo Palmier was billed as the leader.

In the 1990s Palmier continued to perform. He was at the 1998 JVC "Tribute to Herb Ellis With Love", the 1997 "Tribute to Barney Kessel With Love From Your Friends",[4] and the 1996 "Tribute to Tal Farlow". He also taught privately, and his students included cartoonist Gary Larson.

He died in 2002 from leukemia and lymphoma. He was survived by his wife, Margery who died in 2009, twin daughters, Janis and Stephan, two brothers, Paul and Raymond and two grandchildren.[5]


As sideman[edit]

  • 1977 Windflower, Herb Ellis
  • 1980 The New York Saxophone Quartet
  • 1986 Louis Bellson & His Jazz Orchestra
  • 1987 Central City Sketches, American Jazz Orchestra/Benny Carter
  • 1990 Airmail Special: A Salute to the Big Band Masters, Louie Bellson
  • 1990 Stormy Weather: The Legendary Lena (1941–1958), Lena Horne
  • 1990 The Legendary V-Disc Series, Mildred Bailey
  • 1991 Alone With Just My Dreams, Joe Wilder
  • 1992 Harlem Renaissance, Benny Carter
  • 1994 Groovin' High, Dizzy Gillespie
  • 1994 Ragtime Women, Max Morath
  • 1995 The Uncollected Mildred Bailey
  • 1996 Jonah Man: A Tribute to Bert Williams, Max Morath
  • 1996 Journey to Next, Benny Carter/Dizzy Gillespie/Quincy Jones[6]


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  3. ^ Ferugson, Jim; Kernfeld, Bernie (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 3 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 221. ISBN 1-56159-284-6. 
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  6. ^ "Remo Palmier | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 March 2017.