Alan Jay Palmer, piano
Other musicians, TBA
Born in Washington, D.C. , keyboardist and composer Alan Jay Palmer (Bad Alan Palmer or B.A.P., as dubbed by the late great Jackie McLean) studied piano, composition, and orchestration with Jaki Byard, John Malachi, and Hotep Galeta. Upon graduating from the Hartt School of Music, he joined Jackie McLean in the '90s, recording on his albums Rhythm of the Earth (1992) and Fire & Love (1998). He went on to join Roy Hargrove's Quintet, became music director for Common, and formed the group The New Soil.
Palmer is a dedicated jazz educator with a great knowledge of the history of American music. He currently lives in New York City, where he composes, performs, and teaches. His recent projects include performances with Amiri Baraka and Rene McLean, new recordings with his trio and New Soil, and a book on jazz piano systems.
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