Dave Palmer is a songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, musical director, and arranger.
Dave began playing music professionally at the age of seventeen. His diverse and fascinating career was sparked in the clubs of Norfolk, Virginia and Dallas, Texas (where he graduated from the University of North Texas), spread to the west coast via Seattle, Washington and San Francisco, California, and led to the studio and concert landscape of Los Angeles. During the course of this 25 year period Mr. Palmer played with a vast array of artists as a touring musician, studio keyboardist, producer, musical director (most recently for the Hollywood Bowl’s Beatles Tribute), and arranger. This collection of employers is as diverse in style as it is impressive in it’s make up. Fiona Apple, Chris Isaak, AIR, Seal, Turin Brakes, Twista, Joe Henry, De La Soul, Kanye West, Sawyer Fredericks, Dana Brown, David Slade, Patty Griffin, Fleetwood Mac, M83, Draco Rosa, Madeleine Peyroux, Perla Batalla, T-Bone Burnett, Avenged Sevenfold, Missy Higgins, Sam Phillips, Solomon Burke, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Aureo Baqueiro are just a few examples of his varied professional experience.
His work with De La Soul led to a 2016 Grammy nomination for their album And the Anonymous Nobody... He is also a member of Atlantic Records' new house band put together by Craig Kallman. Dave's other notable musical credits include film and television work such as composing the score for the critically acclaimed film Beginners, as well as playing all the piano on the original works. He has been a staple musician for the eclectic composer Brian Reitzell and played on/ composed scores for the films Red Riding Hood, 30 Days of Night, Friday Night Lights, Stranger Than Fiction, Goats, Boss, The Brothers Bloom, and NBC's Hannibal. Current projects include scoring the new Audience Network comedy Loudermilk for the shows creators Peter Farrelly and Bobby Mort and Dana Brown's latest film Dust to Glory 2. His new jazz project The Duo Trio (with Jay Bellerose and Gus Seyffert) will release their self-titled debut later this year.