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Clarence Palmer
While stationed in Japan with the United States Airforce, Clarence Palmer first heard the late great Jimmy Smith playing this organ and the passion was born. Only able to tinkle on the piano, the desire to study the organ became paramount. Through the years, Clarence was able to work with great jazz musicians such as Guitarists Grant Green and and George Benson and Saxophonists Stanley Turrentine and Sunny Stitt.
Palmer is still playing the Hammond-B-3 organ as well as other keyboards, but spends more time concentrating on singing, which has become his new passion. Palmer May be the only one who is playing the organ and singing jazz to high standards as well as playing some of the popular songs today in a jazz idiom.
Clarence Palmer, born in West Virginia, attended Princeton and Concord colleges. Clarence has a lot of country deep inside which allows him to sing country and western songs somewhat like the late Ray Charles and to have the smooth sound of Nat or Freddie Cole while also strike the songs of Tony Bennett, Mat Monroe, and Frank Sinatra. Though Clarence does not imitate anyone, the spirit of the song will remind one of it's origin.
contact: jazzpalm@aol.com
homepage: www.clarencempalmer.com
on tour Click on the logo to see Clarence's tour dates.


Beyond The Blue Horizon
CTI 6009
recorded February 1971 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
George Benson, guitar
Ron Carter, bass
Jack DeJohnette, drums
Clarence Palmer, organ
Michael Cameron, percussion
Albert Nicholson, percussion
This Is Jazz 9
Epic ZK 64631
compilation, recorded February 1966 through December 1975
George Benson, guitar, vocals
David Sanborn, alto sax
Michael Brecker, tenor sax
Ronnie Cuber, baritone sax
Bennie Green, trombone
Randy Brecker, trumpet
John Frosk, trumpet
Alan Rubin, trumpet
Joe Shepley, trumpet
Hubert Laws, flute
Eric Gale, guitar
Phil Upchurch, guitar, bass
Kenny Barron, piano
Ronnie Foster, keyboards
Don Grolnick, keyboards
Bobby Lyle, keyboards
Clarence Palmer, organ
Don Sebesky, keyboards
Lonnie Smith, organ
Gary King, bass
Marion Booker, drums
Marvin Chapell, drums
Jack DeJohnette, drums
Steve Gadd, drums
Jimmy Lovelace, drums
Ray Lucas, drums, bass
Andy Newmark, drums
Sue Evans, percussion
The Essential George Benson
Sony BMG Music 69699852152
compilation, recorded June 1963 through August 1980
George Benson, guitar, vocals
Michael Brecker, tenor sax
Frank Foster, tenor sax
Dexter Gordon, tenor sax
Red Holloway, tenor sax
Wayne Shorter, tenor sax
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Ronnie Cuber, baritone sax
Kim Hutchcroft, sax
Wayne Andre, trombone, baritone horn
Garnett Brown, trombone
Gerald Chamberlain, trombone
Warren Covington, trombone
Dick Griffin, trombone
Paul Faulise, bass trombone
Miles Davis, trumpet
Jon Faddis, trumpet
John Frosk, trumpet, flugelhorn
John Gatchell, trumpet
Jerry Hey, trumpet
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Waymon Reed, trumpet
Alan Rubin, trumpet, flugelhorn
Joe Shepley, trumpet
Ray Beckinstein, clarinet, flute, English horn
Phil Bodner, clarinet, flute, alto flute, baritone horn, English horn, oboe, piccolo
George Marge, clarinet, flute, alto flute, English horn, oboe
Romeo Penque, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto flute, English horn, oboe
Albert Regni, clarinet, flute, English horn
Hubert Laws, flute, alto flute, piccolo
Larry E. Williams, flute
Jim Buffington, French horn
Brooks Tillotson, French horn
Jane Taylor, bassoon
Jay Berliner, guitar
Earl Klugh, guitar
Lee Ritenour, guitar
Phil Upchurch, guitar, bass
Kenny Barron, piano
Michael Boddicker, synthesizer
Butch Cornell, organ
Jorge Dalto, clavinet, piano
Ronnie Foster, Mini Moog, piano
Jan Hammer, keyboards
Herbie Hancock, piano
Harold Mabern, piano
Jack McDuff, organ
Clarence Palmer, organ
Lonnie Smith, organ, piano
Richard Tee, synthesizer, bass
Cedar Walton, piano
Phil Kraus, vibes, percussion
Seymour Barab, cello
Frank Levy, cello
Jesse Levy, cello
Charles McCracken, cello
Alan Shulman, cello
Paul Tobias, cello
Gloria Agostini, harp
Margaret Ross, harp
Stanley Banks, bass
Ronnie Boykins, bass
Ron Carter, bass
Percy Heath, bass
Paul Jackson, bass
Gary King, bass
Abraham Laboriel, bass
Will Lee, bass
Art Blakey, drums
Billy Cobham, drums
Jack DeJohnette, drums
Joe Dukes, drums
Steve Gadd, drums
Mongego Joe, drums
Billy Kaye, drums
Jimmy Lovelace, drums
Harvey Mason, drums
John "4 Daddman" Robinson, drums
Tony Williams, drums
Paulinho Da Costa, percussion
Richard Landrum, congas
Ralph MacDonald, percussion
Airto Moreira, percussion, vocals

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