Joel Palmer is a respected Detroit based Singer/Songwriter and guitarist known primarily for his 30’s and 40’s era swing style, with a flair for both blues and folk as well. A trained vocalist, he is able to belt or croon a tune while creating the sound of a small combo with his guitar.For Joel, who performs over six hundred times annually, each show is an adventure in entertainment. With a great respect for every audience, he recognizes their differences and particular interests, giving his all in top-notch performances. Whether providing quiet dinner music or a full blown song and dance cabaret show, Joel handles it with style, always leaving his audience wanting more.

“He is a WIZARD, a necromancer, a Hipster and a troubadour in a three piece suit.  Strange garb for so versatile a rocker, so deep a writer, so twinkly the elf of music and merriment.  Palmer’s shows never disappoint but no one knows what will come out of that guitar, sometimes even Palmer himself. He is equally at home and master of the blues, swing, ancient folk music, rock standards and that is only for openers.” - Tom Saunders, Host- Folk it! Live Radio Show

In addition to traditional concerts settings, Joel feels at home performing at a variety of venues, including:

  • House concerts / Private parties
  • Fine restaurants
  • Civic concerts in the park
  • Vineyards and Museums
  • Retirement communities
  • Schools
  • Libraries
  • Churches
  • Hospitals
  • Farmers markets

Joel provides workshops, lectures, and demonstrations of the Great American Songbook (GAS) at local music societies. He produces two local shows: “GAS Light Square” and “The Empty Chair Show” as well as fronting his band, “Dr. Swing”. Most recently, Joel composed a one man show/song cycle entitled “Anytime At All” which tells the story of an aging widower who finds new love at the senior center. All original music, written in the style of the great jazz song.

From Detroit to Chicago and beyond, Joel quickly sets his audience at ease with confidence and charm.

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