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Bob Palmieri

  • Adjunct Faculty Member
  • Jazz Studies
  • Jazz Guitar​

  • 773-325-4393
BM University of Miami 

Courses Taught
Applied Jazz Guitar
Jazz History
Electronics for Musicians
Electric Guitar Ensemble

Bob Palmieri began his studies as a member of the American Boychoir, touring the US & Canada in the mid 1960's. Upon leaving the choir he turned his attention to the electric guitar, learning both the repetoire of the day and enough electronics to modify all his gear. After a stint in a blues band in Boston he attended the University of Rochester, where he studied acoustical physics, electrical engineering and perceptual psychology before joining the Eastman Jazz Ensemble in 1978. He continued his musical studies at the University of Miami where he earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Studio Music & Jazz, performed as a member of their Concert Jazz Band and worked extensively as a session guitarist at Criteria Studios. He moved to New York in 1983, playing in clubs and concert halls, studying with Gene Bertoncini and John Scofield, touring with the Maynard Ferguson band and teaming up with guitar designer Ken Parker to develop new concepts in pickups and electronics. Bob arrived in Chicago in 1985, where he played on hundreds of recording sessions for radio and television commercials and performed in clubs around the city. In 1994 he joined the faculty at DePaul University where he teaches jazz guitar, improvisation, jazz history and theory

Past performance and recording credits highlight a broad range of styles, as represented by work with Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, Lyle Mays, Garth Brooks, the American Ballet Theater and Rochester and Florida Philharmonic Orchestras, among many others. Recordings include members of the Pat Metheny Group, Phillip Glass Ensemble, Rashied Ali and Fred Hersch. 

Recent collaborations include performances and recordings with Blue Note artist Kandace Springs and Rolling Stones keyboard player Chuck Leavell; a segment of a live performance with Chuck can be found on the website:​

Samples of fully improvised duo performances with Dana Hall and Nels Cline can be found on his website:​

Learn more on the Jazz Studies Studio Page​