Sue & Her Motel Swing Orchestra are renowned for their highly energetic shows...
...and have received rave reviews for their live performances, including the Mammoth Jazz Festival, Ocean Beach Jazz Festival, LaJolla BytheSea Concerts, KSDS Jazz Radio 88.3, and many others. While her band plays a wonderful combination of swing, blues, New Orleans, and boogiewoogie styles, Sue's talented crew are also capable of several Specialty Shows, including the following:
1. Ray Charles Review
Sue Palmer&Her Motel Swing Orchestra pair up with the wonderful doo wop/a capella group "Pieces." Deejha Marie (Sue's lead singer), and her 2 cohorts sing Ray Charles hits like they should be sung. Between Sue's piano and Jonny Viau's fat tenor sax sound, Ray is up there smiling down.Watch the Video
2. Boogie Noir
Sue pairs up with multi instrumentalist / radio sound effect specialist, Scott Paulson to create a mood, from the '50's and '60's, of film noir, pulp fiction, and La Dolce Vida. She even has the "Soundtrack to a B Movie,"
in her repertoire. Also, hear "Boogie Noir,"
and "Harlem Nocturne,"
featuring Jonny Viau on sax.
3. BoogieWoogie Show
Sue has appeared in numerous solo Boogie shows, including several appearances at Berkeley, California's Freight&Salvadge, Dizzy's in San Diego, with the late Hadda Brooks (well known Queen of Boogie in the '40's and '50's), and the San Diego Art Museum. Sue's also played at Yoshi's in Oakland, the Arches Piano Stage in Cinncinnatti, the WCHandy Festival in Alabama, and Silvan Zingg's Boogie Woogie Show in Switzerland. Boogie woogie aficiondos rave about Sue. See the News Section
of the website.
right: 4 Queens of Boogie Woogie: Doña Oxford, Wendy Dewitt, Lisa Otey and Sue at Dizzy's, February 26th, 2010. Photos by Hiro Izeki.
5. WOMEN PIANISTS/SINGERS IN THE LATE '40s-EARLY '50s
In the years following the 2nd World War, the nitch between jazz and blues, presursors of rock and roll, was being filled by small piano combos fronted by female singers. These were performers who mixed boogie woogie, swing, ballads, and blues with sly, suggestive lyrics. All girl vocal groups were being disbanded, big bands were becoming too costly to maintain, and television was beginning to compete with every kind of entertainment. Stars such as Hadda Brooks, Nellie Lutcher, Julia Lee, and Camille Howard came to the forefront. The Sue Palmer Quartet, with Deejha Marie on vocals and Sue tearing up the 88s, captures this style perfectly.
7. Background French Accordian Trio
Calling themselves "Madame Palmer&Les Pommes Frites," Sue plays the classic Edith Piaf number La Vie En Rose, Cole Porter's I Love Paris, and Sidney Bechet's Petite Fleur, among others. Dressing in berets and black skirts, Sue and her trio can flavor a room immediately.
Listen to... Track 1 Track 2
8. All Women's Band, in various styles
including "Some Like It Hot" outfits and songs.