Welcome to my web page:
From a very
young age I took a special interest in music. At the age of 8, I began to learn the
saxophone and by the age of 10 was in the school band. In my later teens I
joined the Philadelphia Musicians Union and at age 18 was hired to play in the
band at Palumbos Restaurant. Wanting to do more with music, I left Palumbos to
join a dance band that toured throughout the area. Soon after I was asked
back to Palumbos, where I worked off and on while continuing to do the
Then, on one special day Frank Palumbo Sr asked me to be
Palumbos Band Leader. I happily accepted and did that for 35 consecutive years. During my time at Palumbos I met some of the most popular
entertainers of all time including, Jimmy Durante, Vic Damone, Cab Calloway,
Tony Bennett, Al Martino, Mel Torme, The Mills Brothers, Pattie Page, Billy
Daniels, Don Rickles, Pat Cooper, along with local favorites, Bobby Rydell,
Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Cozy Morley.
Unfortunately, that all ended with the 1994 fire at Palumbos that completely
destroyed the club. After taking some time off to decide what to do next, I
decided to gather the band together and start touring throughout the tri state
area. Since 1994 I have continued to do the Big Band Sound and continue to do many
shows in support of entertainers performing in venues from
New York to Atlantic City and Harrisburg to Delaware.
is with great sorrow to announce the passing of Carmen Dee (Friday
August 24, 2018),
father and a true legend in Philadelphia Music; it is definitely the end
of an era!
Services will be held Thursday August 30, 2018 at St Monica’s Church in
9:30a-11a with mass to follow at 11a
To see where the band will be performing
next, check out upcoming appearances.
Please visit my photo album to view the many
entertainers I have had the pleasure to perform
For the Carmen Dee Promo
image, click here.
Download Sample songs:
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Download mp3 to your computer and play from there)
Thanks for visiting,