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Best Jazz and Best Blues Album
for GEMS, Volume 1!
Friday, June 28  [ 7:00pm ]

The Sue Palmer Motel Swing Quintet plays the Encinitas Elks Lodge (1393 Windsor Dr., Cardiff By the Sea)

Saturday, June 29  [ 7:30pm ]

Sue joins blues great Chris James and Patrick Rynn, at Proud Mary's Southern Bar & Grill (5550 Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego)

Tuesday, July 2  [ 7:30pm - 10pm ]

The Sue Palmer Quintet with special guest Laura Chavez, guitar wizard, plays Tio Leo's (5302 Napa, San Diego 92111)

Friday, July 12  [ 6:00pm - 8:00pm ]

Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra in concert at Pioneer Park (Mission Hills) as part of the Mission Hills Concerts in the Park Series

Saturday, July 13  [ 5:00pm - 7:00pm ]

The Sue Palmer Motel Swing Quintet plays beautiful Humphreys Back Stage Lounge (Shelter Island)


Friday, July 19  [ 5:00pm - 7:50pm ]

The Sue Palmer Quintet makes its debut for the Balboa Park Food Truck Friday Series, El Prado, in front of the Modern Art Museum (map)

Sunday, July 21  [ 5:00pm - 8:00pm ]

Sue plays solo piano at Proud Mary's Bar & Grill (5550 Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego), Barbecue Special!!!

Monday, July 29  [ 7:00pm - 11:00pm ]

The Sue Palmer Quintet plays Humphreys (Shelter Island)

Friday, August 2  [ 6:00pm - 8:00pm ]

Sue Palmer & Her Entire Motel Swing Orchestra blasts off in Trolley Barn Park (Adams Ave near Park Blvd)


Sue Palmer GEMS, Volume One
Purchase it from Vintage, Space 441, at the Carlsbad Art and Antique Mall (2752 State St, Carlsbad - 760-730-9494), CDBaby and all of Sue's gigs
GEMS consists of 20 songs I have recorded since 1980, with various bands of mine, with others, and with special guests. My latest recording, one of 20, was done this year, and was recorded by my band, Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra, with Sharifah Muhammad on vocals, and Laura Chavez on guitar. This beautiful Candye Kane/Laura Chavez penned tune, is called "Don't Cry for Me, New Jersey." Candye was a prolific songwriter, but rarely performed this tune in her live shows. The other 19 are particular favorites of mine, over the years, from bands Ms.B.Haven(an all women's rock band from the late '70s), Tobacco Road (featuring Mr. Preston Coleman), Candye Kane, a country/rockabilly band called the Hayriders, and my current band, to bands that have hired me(Earl Thomas, 2000 Lbs of Blues, Missy Andersen). Special guests on this album include San Diego all stars like Daniel Jackson, Gilbert Castellanos, Rob Thorsen, Molly Stone (Stones Throw), Adrian Demain, and others.
GEMS, Volume One

Song List...
1. Down the Road a Piece
2. Black Beauty
3. Gertrude & Stein
4. Don't Cry for Me New Jersey
5. Interlude 1
6. Interlude 2
7. Killer Tiki Boogie
8. Honeysuckle Rose
9. Heartbreak Hotel
10. Why Did You Go Last Night?
11. Motel Mambo
12. Aloha Oe
13. Granny Run Run
14. Roll 'em
15. I've Been Walkin'
16. Walkin'
17. Sweet Lotus Blossom
18. These Boots Are Made for Walkin'
19. Get It
20. Ready for the River (Live)

"San Diego’s Sue Palmer is a pianist known to the world as the Queen of Boogie Woogie, and throughout the 20 selections on her dealer’s choice anthology, Gems Volume One, we find the sobriquet is hers alone to wear. A constant and vital presence on the local music scene for 30 years plus, Palmer’s energized style of of blues, swing, and jazz has delighted fans with keyboard work that is a wonder of rhythm and delicacy, two-fisted swagger and moaning blues holler, straight ahead improvisation and sweet doses of country and torch songs to make the evening’s entertainment a diverse delight. These tracks are choices Palmer has selected from the 20 albums she has recorded since 1980, recorded with a broad array of superlative musicians including Rob Thorsen, Candye Kane, April West, Gilbert Castellanos, and a slate of other players who add their distinct personalities to Palmer’s dedication to swing, stop and boogie." ...Ted Burke, San Diego Troubadour,  sandiegotroubadour.com


Coming up in 2019! 

June 21 - Escondido California Center for the Arts
Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra play an outdoor concert

July 12 - Pioneer Park, Mission Hills
Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra, 6pm

August 2nd - Trolley Barn Summer Concert

October 25-27 - Pismo Beach Jazz Jubilee

Nov 27 thru Dec 1 - San Diego Thanksgiving Jazz Festival

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