Remo Palmier

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Remo Palmier
Birth nameRemo Paul Palmieri
Born(1923-03-29)March 29, 1923
New York
Died(2002-02-02)February 2, 2002
New York

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


Remo Palmier entered 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[4] and taught Godfrey to play the ukulele. He was with the Godfrey show for twenty-seven years. He changed his name legally in 1952 to Palmier[4], 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[4], which ended Palmier's thirty-year hiatus from recording. In 1979 Concord Jazz produced Remo Palmier, the only album on which he was billed as the leader.

During the 1970s he played with Benny Goodman and Dick Hyman. He participated in an all-star Swing Reunion in 1985[4] and in tribute concerts to Barney Kessel (1997)[2], Herb Ellis (1998), and Tal Farlow (1996). He taught privately and his students included cartoonist Gary Larson.

He died in 2002 from leukemia and lymphoma.[1]


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[5]


  1. ^ a b "Remo Palmier – Jazz Guitarist, 78". The New York Times. 9 February 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b Benedetto, Cindy (1997). "Jazz Guitar Online Feature: Kudos to Kessel". Jazz Guitar. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  3. ^ Ferguson, Jim (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.
  4. ^ a b c d Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 147. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  5. ^ "Remo Palmier | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 March 2017.