Emilio Palame Band

KJAZZ Radio UK is excited to welcome the ‘Emilio Palame Band’ a new smooth 9-piece R&B/Jazz ensemble you just have to experience! An eclectic blend of original songs in the Funk, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Latin, and Hip Hop styles, EPB’s tight sound featuring its groovin’ rhythm section and smokin’ horn players will get your feet tapping, pump up your blood, and soothe your soul.

With keyboardist/vocalist/composer Emilio Palame (“keyboard chops we’d all die to have”…Ernie Rideout – Editor in Chief, Keyboard Magazine)… leading, and some of LA’s finest musicians, whose credits range from Stevie Wonder, Miss Peggy Lee, Natalie Cole, Chuck Mangione, and Chick Corea, to Gun’s and Roses, Ambrosia, The Tonight Show, Joe Cocker, and Supertramp….this band is packed with musicians that connect.

Emilio Palame, was born on March 14, 1954 in Buffalo, New York, where in his early years, he found a deep passion for music.

After studying privately throughout his youth, and performing with several bands, Emilio was graciously awarded a state scholarship to attend Fredonia State University to further his music education.

While studying at Fredonia, Emilio composed, arranged, and was elected to direct the Fredonia Jazz Ensemble program for four years, touring the east coast, conducting clinics, and performing at major jazz festivals, winning “Outstanding Composer/Arranger” and “Outstanding Ensemble” awards at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1977.

After graduating from SUNY Fredonia in 1977 with a BA in Music, Emilio was hired by the university to teach music theory, jazz arranging, improvisation, and private instruction for piano. During this time, Jenson Publications and Kendor Music published Emilio’s scores for big band.

Halfway to his Master’s Degree, Emilio decided to leave school, and pursue his musical career as a composer, arranger and performer with his own 16 piece big band, which lead to his first commercial recording, “Make Room”. The original LP received great acclaim on the jazz scene, from top critics such as George Beck (WKBW) and Dale Anderson (The Buffalo News), which spawned a series of concerts in which Emilio headlined with major
artists such as Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, and Stanley Turrentine.

As Emilio was beginning to make a name for himself in the more traditional jazz scene of the east coast, he found a new love for the more modern R&B/Jazz/Funk movement of the west coast and moved to Los Angeles in 1978.

Over the next several years, he performed and recorded with many artists on the L.A. contemporary jazz scene, building a reputation that eventually landed him the coveted seat as accompanist/conductor for the legendary jazz/pop star Miss Peggy Lee.

More than just an accompanist, Emilio co-wrote, “Circle In The Sky” with Miss Lee, the song that “represented the full circle she’d described in her lifetime”…biographer Peter Richmond described in: “Fever: The Life and Music of Miss Peggy Lee”.

During his expansive eleven-year collaboration with Miss Lee, Emilio performed with major acts including: Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, George Burns, Count Basie, The Milwaukee, Pittsburgh Symphonies and The Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl which lead to performances with: Paul Williams, Mamas and the Papas, Andy Williams, Connie Stevens, The Joffrey Ballet, Lanie Kazan, Sha Na Na, Chuck Mangione, Mike Garson, Mark Winkler, Junko Yagami, Ernie Watts, Sam Riney, eight CD’s with world renowned guitarist, Grant Geissman, and on the set of TV shows: “Cheers”, “Fraiser”, “Friends”, “Just Shoot Me”, and “News Radio”.

In 1990, Chase Music Group released Emilio’s critically acclaimed CD “Home Free”. In addition to his own albums, he has produced/arranged/performed on several other projects including: Amarna’s “Shadow Play”, (#8 on Japan’s “J-Wave” Top 100), Mike Garson’s “Screen Themes ’93”, as well as Mark Winkler’s “Color Of Love” (AC Top 10), John Chiodini’s “Weightless”, “Back To The Future” star, Tom Wilson’s “In The Name Of The Father”, and Bulgarian pianist Emile Lambrev’s “Nostalgic Dream” (Cover art by Emilio’s wife, Ellen Kobayashi).

After spending several years producing/arranging and recording tracks with many artists in Los Angeles, Emilio began his career in film/television by conducting and orchestrating the score to the CBS Afternoon Special “Love In The Dark Ages” for world renowned keyboardist Mike Garson,composing/orchestrating, Discovery Channel’s “Movie Magic: Tornadoes”, selected cues for “King of the Hill”, on FOX TV and national ad campaigns for The Travel Channel, TWA, Best Stores, and Stacker II. Eventually, Emilio invited his son, Emerson, to co-write a commercial for “Mercedes
Benz World Racing” video game promotion and then subsequently composed several commercials, provided beds for “Smart Sound” (ESPN), and Network Music libraries,(“Desperate Housewives”).

Their break as writers came through “Fairly Odd Parents” composer Guy Moon’s recommendation to “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” producer Scott Fellows on Nickelodeon. As father and son they composed fifty-three episodes of “Ned’s” and received critical acclaim from television and music professionals alike for the theme and their underscoring. In August 2006, Keyboard Magazine featured their work in a three-page article in the “How To” section, highlighting their skills as composers and producers.

In 2007, Emilio composed, arranged and produced the original score to the independent film, “The Waiting Room”, featured at the Cannes Film Festival…the story of an unlikely heart transplant between two families: one Jewish, the other Palestinian who consider each other the ultimate enemy…empathetically, Emilio’s music is dramatic heartfelt and sublime.

Currently, Emilio is continuing his work as a TV/Film composer, studio musician, producer, arranger and bandleader, while co-producing his daughter Emily’s CD of original material with her, entitled “Talons”, released in 2011.

His new CD, “Be Who You Are” with art again from wife Ellen Kobayashi, reveals his passion as songwriter, keyboardist, and vocalist, and has garnered such critical praise as “best indie music project of 2009 in any genre”…Jonathan Widren (Jazziz and AMG).


Emilio Palame Band Features:

Emilio Palame – Keyboards and Vocals, Moon Calhoun and Ken Stacey – Vocals, Stan Sargeant – Bass, Morris O’Connor – Guitar and vocals, John Chiodini – Guitar, Grant Geissman – Guitar, Emerson Palame – Guitar, Tom Walsh – Drums, Anne King – Trumpet, Willie Murillo -Trumpet, Steve Baxter – Trombone and rap, Alisha Marie Ard – Trombone, Eric Marienthal – Sax, and Carol Chaikin – Sax.

Comments and what others are saying about Emilio & his band.

Mike Garson (pianist for David Bowie and Smashing Pumpkins)

Sometimes there are unsung heroes that need to be recognized. Emilio Palame is one of those types. He year after year continues to orchestrate wonderfully for television and movies in the quiet background allowing others to shine and get all the credit. This man is a complete musician. Finally he has taken the time to put together a great recording of his music. The music spans over 30 years of compositions and if you can’t tell he loves a groove you might have a problem. His love for artists like Earth Wind and Fire, Ray Charles and Steely Dan are so evident in his music. If your foot does’nt stop tapping you might visit the doctor for a check-up. The playing is excellent and all the musicians are wonderful. I highly recommend this CD.

Jonathan Widran (Jazziz Magazine & All Music Guide)

“One of the best indie projects – in any genre – of 2009!”
“Showing off his raw and bluesy Eric Claptonesque vocals…veteran L.A. based composer and keyboardist Emilio Palame brings his keen jazz sensibilities and explosive sense of improvisation to a high spirited, horn-drenched ensemble…like Chicago…even Steely Dan…”
“…indie musicmaking at its best!!”


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