About the Band

Mary Ann Palermo And First Take is a thrilling and versatile ensemble, with lead guitar, bass, and drums joined by various horn instruments and cello, all backing vocalist and songwriter Mary Ann Palermo, a long-time singer versed in many genres, but with an underlying love of Jazz.

Mary Ann Palermo & First Take now has six regular members, including lead vocalist Mary Ann Palermo. Rich Hommel is lead guitar, Stephen Dietemann plays stand-up and electric bass, and Peter Peirce is on drums. Eric Loffswold brings his horn versatility to First Take, and his saxophone, clarinet, and flute expand the tenor of the band’s tunes, while Gene Carr adds the rare but hauntingly beautiful element of cello to this ensemble. Mary Ann Palermo and First Take presents a lively mix of Jazz, blues, R&B, rock, funk, and original work by Palermo, Hommel, and Deitemann.

Berkshires and the Tri-State area offer a wealth of talented musicians, and First Take has many who play with the band. Both Jereme Vinette and Sam Earnshaw are frequent drummers with the band, and David Bartley at times plays with First Take, bringing his well-known piano and keyboard skills to the music. There’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes horn players in the hills of Western Massachusetts, and Aaron Dean, Kyle Murray, Ryan Emken, and Chris Ferrone are often invited to the stage when First Take performs.

Mary Ann Palermo & First Take have the flexibility to cover different venues and events, in different configurations, and always with stunning performance.

Eugene Carr

Eugene Carr I trained on cello at the Juilliard School, and then earned undergraduate degrees at both the Oberlin Conservatory and Oberlin College. Over…

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Peter Peirce

Peter Peirce Little is known about the origins of drummer Peter Peirce. His main influences appear to be television advertisements, draznilkas, and noise.That’s more…

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