Our World Interviews-Sue Palmer

Sue Palmer pic

As we start our series of translated posts about American music we are pleased to be able to share a portion of the website from the  musician known as the  San Diego Queen of Boogie Woogie!

The high-energy style of blues, known as boogie-woogie, is believed to have originated with the African American piano players who frequented the communities of  workers  in the Texas lumber camps at the end of the  nineteenth century.  As African Americans migrated north, in the early twentieth century, this form of music grew in popularity in the midwest and northern cities of the United States.  The key ingredient to boogie-woogie is a dynamic piano player, and fortunately for our listeners, we are able to share  the music of a piano player who exemplifies the best of this musical tradition.

Get ready to tap your feet, jump out of your chair and dance!

To listen to more Boogie Woogie piano playing go to http://www.suepalmer.com/

Here is an excerpt from the website of this extraordinary musician Sue Palmer

(translated and narrated by Culture and Cuisine)

Best known for her beehive-wearing stint with blues diva Candye Kane in the ’90′s, Sue Palmer has been making her mark in the last decade with her high energy band, the Motel Swing Orchestra, and her flashy boogie woogie stylings. Bien connue (well known) pour sa coiffure en ruche d’abeille en compagnie de la diva du blues Candye Kane dans les années 90, Sue Palmer s’est imposée au cours de cette dernière décennie avec son groupe de blues décapant, (high energy-stunning) le Motel Swing Orchestra, et ses looks boogie woogie **qui en jettent. 
Wearing a couple of pounds of big cocktail rings on each hand, she wails through a very complete blues keyboard vocabulary like the veteran she is. Un demi kilo de bagues cocktails à chaque doigt, elle brame un répertoire très complet de blues au clavier, comme sied à son statut de vétéran. (matching her status as a veteran.)
She has performed with many of the legends of the boogie genre, playing double piano with Marcia Ball, Hadda Brooks, Sonny Leyland, Steve Lucky, Jeannie Cheathem, Ricky Nye, Mr. Boogie Woogie Elle s’est produite avec bon nombre de légendes du boogie, accompagnant au double piano Marcia Ball, Hadda Brooks, Sonny Leyland, Steve Lucky, Jeannie Cheathem, Ricky Nye, Mr. Boogie Woogie
(from the Netherlands), Mike Seeley, Caroline Dahl,Wendy Dewitt, Lisa Otey, Doña Oxford, Deanna Bogart, Silvan Zingg (Switzerland), Janie-Noele Helies (France), Elena Tourbina (Russia) and Jan Preston (New Zealand). (des Pays-Bas), Mike Seeley, Caroline Dahl,Wendy Dewitt, Lisa Otey, Doña Oxford, Deanna Bogart, Silvan Zingg (Suisse), Janie-Noele Helies (France), Elena Tourbina (Russie) and Jan Preston (Nouvelle Zéland).
Sue, known widely as San Diego’s Queen of Boogie Woogie, has been honored by her city for her cultural contributions by having a day named after her (March 25th, 2008), played at the Arches Piano Stage in Cincinnati (2008), won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis for Best Self Produced CD 2008, (“Sophisticated Ladies”), from the Blues Foundation, won numerous San Diego Music Awards for her albums and bands, including Best Blues Album 2010 for her first solo piano album, “After Hours”and in December 2010, won the “Jim Croce Award for Excellence and Dedication to Music, 2010,” from his widow, Ingrid Croce. Sue, connue comme la reine du Boogie Woogie de San Diego, a vu ses contributions culturelles récompensées par sa ville qui lui dédie une journée, le 25 mars 2008. Elle se produit (performed)au Arches Piano Stage à Cincinnati en 2008, remporte le prix de la Blue Foundation au International Blues Challenge à Memphis, toujours en 2008, pour le meilleur CD auto-produit (« Sophisticated Ladies »), elle rafle de nombreux prix aux San Diego Music Awards pour ses albums et groupes musicaux, dont celui du meilleur album blues en 2010 pour son premier album de piano solo « After Hours » et elle remporte en décembre 2010 le prix Jim Croce pour « Excellence et dévouement à la musique », remis par sa veuve, Ingrid Croce.

**qui en jettent” means it’s dazzling, or it makes a strong impression.

 shared with permission and gratitude