Catskill Conversation: Evolution of American Jazz Piano

Date(s) - 09/12/2021
2:00 pm-4:00 pm

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Ashokan Center


$10 Virtual and In-Person Tickets available. All receive zoom link and 1 year access to archived video of the event.
Alan Jay Palmer gives an interactive workshop on the origins of American Jazz Piano. Through an overview study and listening session Alan will share the many remarkable styles and creators contributing to an evolving artform dear to his heart.
Alan Jay Palmer or BAP (Bad Alan Palmer) was born in Washington D.C. and attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Alan was exposed to Jazz piano through his first teacher John Malachi and listening to Thelonious Monk , Mingus, and John Coltrane recordings that a neighborhood friend had. At that time, Alan was beginning to play around D.C. with different Go Go bands and developing his Jazz …chops at Lettumplay w/ Fred Foss, Webster Young and other D.C .Jazz Legends. After high school, Alan attended the famous African American Music Department at The University of Hartford now known as The Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz. While at the conservatory, Alan studied piano and orchestration from Jaki Byard and Hotep Galeta, and began his close mentorship with the master alto saxophonist/educator, Jackie McLean. Alan became Jackie’s close disciple and assistant in Music History and Jazz Education. He was the first student ever entrusted to teach Jackie McLean’s famous course “The Origin of Man and Music.” During his senior year at Hartt Alan joined The Jackie McLean Quintet and toured Europe and Japan with the band. He also recorded his debut album with Jackie McLean on “Rhythm of the Earth” contributing four original compositions. A true dedicated musician, Currently Alan has now emerged as the leader of the BAP TRIO and THE NEW SOIL big bang and as a new composer in NYC. A talented actor, Alan recently performed in the Living Theatre’s revival of Jack Gelber’s play The Conection, also contributing new music. Alan has taught music to thousands of students and continues to conduct workshops and master-classes throughout the world. Here is what Jackie McLean said about BAP.
“Alan Jay Palmer is a serious musician with many talents. His compositions are very original and beautiful. Alan is a dedicated teacher with a Great Knowledge of the History of American music. I am very pleased with his contributions to my Band.” -Jackie McLean
“I’ve been very fortunate to have been under the tutelage of Professor Palmer at the Hartt School of Music and at the Artist Collective as a college student. It was inspirational being around a world class musician that was working with the top names in jazz. Just being able to see him play with Jackie McLean, Roy Hargrove and others greats gave him the utmost respect in the classroom. Alan has always had a swagger about him that made his rehearsals and his teaching full of energy and fun. He has a passion for passing on the language of jazz to the next generation and I know his teaching will help the future of this music..” -Julius Tolentino
“Alan Palmer is not only one of the great pianists and educators of our time, he is also one of the foremost experts of African, African American and Music History.” -Josh Evans