Moldaw Residences recently invited guests to come out and appreciate the remarkable talent of jazz musician, Kye Palmer and his quartet. Palmer gave a stellar performance at Moldaw’s event “An Evening of Jazz” with his band that left the audience with upbeat and positive vibes. This was a special evening event offered exclusively through Moldaw to bring the California native and former trumpeter from The Tonight Show band, to Palo Alto for an energetic and entertaining musical engagement. Palmer has appeared on the Grammy award-winning recording of Caravan and several certified gold albums as well as on the soundtracks of movies like Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar. The jazz enthusiasts attending were thrilled to have his talent in the Bay Area.
“We’re always striving to convey emotion with our performances,” said Palmer. “I hope
people left our performance feeling that they shared a unique emotional experience with us.”
Palmer’s quartet is made up of friends and acquaintances that share his love and passion for music. He met Joe Bagg in the junior college band where they grew up and have played together ever since. They have gone from performing in senior recitals together to most recently performing the score for Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar. That high profile soundtrack led them to meet drummer Jason Harnell. Bassist John Schifflet, a San Jose resident, was brought into the mix as a recommendation through Bagg who did a tour with Schifflet and vocalist Madeline Peyroux.
“I grew up listening to the big band music of the ‘30s and ‘40s that my parents loved,” recalls Palmer. “My introduction to jazz came from my father’s listening to Chet Baker and Dave Brubeck. But what got me truly hooked on jazz was a compilation record my mother got for me when I was home from school sick with the flu. I listened to Charlie Parker and Bud Powell, and then Clifford Brown knocked me out! I remember thinking, ‘This is what the trumpet is supposed to sound like.’”
Palmer has toured internationally and had countless memorable experiences performing live with icons like Tom Jones, Bob Dylan and Seal, each leaving him feeling a sense of awe. However, playing Hail to the Chief for President Barack Obama at his first Tonight Show appearance was one of the best and also more nerve-wracking moments in his musical career.
“I love the depth of emotion that you experience in great classical music,” said Palmer. “I think jazz has that as well but with the added depth of spontaneity – each performance is unique.”
ABOUT MOLDAW RESIDENCES
Moldaw Residences is an innovative senior living community located at the 8.5 acre Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, adjacent to the 130,000 square foot Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. As a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), Moldaw Residences enables older adults to age in place by providing independent living, assisted living and memory support. Opened in 2009, Moldaw Residences offers 193 maintenance free, spacious apartment homes and extensive social and cultural amenities. Affiliated with the Jewish Senior Living Group, it is open to all faiths, ethnicities, and racial background.For more information about Moldaw Residences of Palo Alto, visit www.moldaw.org or call (800) 873-9614.