Sally Palmer and Mark Lavin formed The Palmer Lavin Duo in 2002 after being featured on OPB’s “Art Beat” show. Since then, performances by The Palmer Lavin Duo have included Jazz deOpus, Multnomah Athletic Club, and Sweetbriar Inn in the Portland area, the Embarcadero and Salishan Resorts on the Oregon coast, the Salem Arts Fair, the Oregon State Fair and winery events.
In September, 2004, at the “Jazz at Newport” festival, other musicians and jazz fans took note of Sally and Mark’s musical rapport, and beautiful sound.
Before meeting Mark, Sally worked with many of the top jazz musicians from Portland and the Willamette Valley on stage and in clubs, in big bands, and as a soloist accompanying herself on piano. She has recorded three albums of original music, and continues to write new material for the Duo.
Mark was raised in the Los Angeles area where his father Bud Lavin was one of the top pianists. He studied guitar with Tom Moellering in Santa Cruz, California, and Davis Ramey in San Francisco. Throughout his lifelong musical career he has played almost every style of music, and he has taught guitar and bass. Now he focuses all of his time on the small group jazz which has always been his first love.