Michael Palermo

Michael Palermo


This music has a classic jazz feel with a smooth jazz flavor. It will relax you and keep you warm on those stressful days.


Mr. Michael Palermo is a native of Jamestown, New York and a 1992 Graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania which he earned a degree in Music Education and Performance. He also received a Masters Degree from Cleveland State University in 1998.

His performing attributes and clinical workshops include the following artists: Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, David Sanborn, Christopher Holliday, Phil Woods, Allen Vizzutti, Denis DiBlasio, and Ray Brown. Mr. Palermo has also traveled extensively across the United States doing guest artist appearances, jazz and concert band workshops, and performance venues. He has worked in such countries as Belgium, The Netherlands, and France performing and teaching with the International Bands of America.

In 1997 he released his debut record entitled Miles Above All which was sold and played on several college radio stations along with local Cleveland Jazz Networks. In the summer of 2003 Mr. Palermo was invited to the "Essentially Ellington" Jazz Academy in New York, sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center under the Direction of Wynton Marsalis. It was there where he got to perform and study under Temple University Jazz Director Terrell Stafford and Julliard School of Music Professor Loren Schoenberg.

Mr. Palermo is currently a Band Director for the Mayfield City School District in Mayfield, Ohio. He also serves as President of the Painesville Township Board of Education and is a member of the International Association for Jazz Education. He currently is involved with several school districts promoting and evaluating Jazz Education and does several guest appearances each year. Most recently, Mr. Palermo has joined forces with Yamaha as an active artist and clinician. His latest release, Don't Look Back will be in stores February 1st, 2006. Find it at Borders, Barnes & Noble and www.cdbaby.com.

Finally, Mr. Palermo is a resident of Painesville Township, Ohio where he lives with his wife Tammy of 6 years and his two children, Eliana 4 years old and Evan 2 years old.

Performance Biography
Performing professionally since 1992.

Performed and taught clinics with the following:

Christopher Holliday
Phil Woods
Houston Pearson
David Sanborn
Allen Vizzutti
Denis DiBlasio
Dave Samuels
Joe Lovano
The Lincoln Center Jazz Faculty
Terrell Stafford
Ron Carter
Dana Hall
Loren Schoenberg
Ernie Krivda
Hank Marr
Recorded debut album Miles Above All in 1997.

Guest recording artist and soloist on several other artists' albums.

Toured in Europe with The International Bands of America in 1998. Played in Paris, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Invited to work with the Essentially Ellington Band; Lincoln Center Faculty in 2002 at Skidmore College in New York.

Frequent performer in the Cleveland area.

Frequent guest artist and instructor for several schools. I put on approximately 45 school clinics and performances per year, including 15 to 25 junior college performances.

For Immediate Release
February 1, 2006

Don't Look Back Smooths The Way for Local Jazz Artist
CLEVELAND – Local jazz musician releases his second album this week mixing original arrangements with personalized cover tunes. A featured Yamaha Saxophone Artist, Michael Palermo, is one of Cleveland's best kept smooth jazz secrets. Palermo hopes to start some whispering with his latest release Don't Look Back.

In stores and available on-line at www.cdbaby.com, Don't Look Back features eight songs including "Dreaming", a favorite by Wave Records and radio promoters all over the world.

Don't Look Back is the follow-up to the debut album Miles Above All released in 1997 by this Jamestown, New York native educated at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In addition to recording and writing music, Palermo has toured in Europe with The International Bands of America and performed with popular jazz artists Phil Woods, David Sanborn, Terrell Stafford, and Hank Marr.

Yamaha selected Palermo after identifying him as one of the elite musicians that possess talent, which Yamaha is proud to expose globally. As an active artist and clinician, Palermo promotes and evaluates jazz education in schools across the state.

Mr. Palermo is a member of the International Association for Jazz Education. For more information on Michael Palermo check out his web site at www.michaelpalermo.org.

Contact Me
Mailing Address
1518 White Ash Drive
Concord, Ohio 44077

Home Phone
(440) 639-7185

Cell Phone
(440) 477-7900

Email Address


2006 - "Don't Look Back"
I Got it Bad
Arranged by C. Burge/M. Palermo

Careless Hands
Arranged by M. Palermo/S.Begala

Cornflake Girl
Written by Tori Amos
Arranged by C.Burge
Tammy Palermo - vocals

To Sir with Love
Arranged by M. Palermo/S. Begala

Written and Arranged by Chris Burge
Click here for a sample (MP3)

God Bless the Child
Written by B. Holiday
Arr. By M. Palermo/S. Begala

How Deep is Your Love
Written by B. Gibb/M. Gibb
Arr. by C. Burge
Click here for a sample (MP3)

Arr. By M. Palermo/S. Begala

1997 - Miles Above All
Stranger in Paradise
Michael Palermo Jr.: Alto Saxophone
Jim Rupp: Drums
Todd Morganti: Acoustic Bass
Hank Marr: B3 Organ/Korg

My Funny Valentine
Michael Palermo Jr.: Tenor Saxophone
Jim Rupp: Drums
Todd Morganti: Acoustic Bass
Hank Marr: B3 Organ/Korg

Blue in Green
Michael Palermo Jr.: Alto Saxophone
Mark Levine: Piano
Todd Coolman: Bass
Steve Davis: Drums

Freddie Freeloader
Michael Palermo Jr.: All Saxophone
Mark Levine: Piano
Todd Coolman: Bass
Steve Davis: Drums

Georgia on My Mind
Michael Palermo Jr.: Alto Saxophone
Jim Rupp: Drums
Todd Morganti: Acoustic Bass
Hank Marr: B3 Organ/Korg

Set List

Varies on performance