Jason Palmer

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11/13/11    Community Articles

Meeting the Other Richard Williams, Dr. Richard Allen Williams

Back on a September night in Boston at Wally’s Café, I was playing with the band and in walks in a familiar-looking older gentleman wearing some dark shades and a Miles Davis tee shirt. He also had what looked like a trumpet case in his hand, ready to play...

11/13/11    Community Articles

Here's a Funny Miles Story

Here's a story told to me by one of my professors in college about him meeting Miles on several occasions!

02/12/11    Community Articles

100 Songs

Here’s a compilation of 100 great songs that I compiled after reading the NPR list, which can be found here. These are songs that were excluded from the NPR list. I put this list together in a little more than an hour, just thinking off the top of my...

06/02/10    Community Articles

Re-implementation of the cabaret card-with a whole new twist!!

As an aspiring jazz musician in the 21st century, I have come to realize that there’s a huge gap in the field live performance. When I started college back in 1997, I would attend concerts that charged a cover regularly and many of my peers would go as well...

06/02/10    Community Articles

How Some Things Have Happened for/to Me

I field a lot of interesting questions from young musicians, but one of the questions that I get the most is, “How did you get the gig with_______________”. I’d like to talk about the process that helped me get to where I am right now.

06/02/10    Community Articles

Voicing a Question of Voices

Today I spent time thinking about the idea of having your own “voice”. There’s scores of players that I can “identify from a few notes or one musical idea”, but there’s something that goes beyond this notion of readily identification. It has to be developed...

06/02/10    Community Articles

A New Standard?

I implore you all to come up with a list of compositions by musicians that are under the age of 40 that you could see/hear as a future “standard” or “jazz classic” in the jazz canon. Here’s my list of tunes. I am basing this on these criteria: 1. Song has...

06/02/10    Community Articles


This blog is in response to the questions I have received in the past about learning tunes.

11/09/09    Community Articles

Lenny "The 25th" Nelson

I’d like to introduce you to a very good friend and mentor of mine. I consider him to be one of the last living masters of this music that we call jazz. He plays drums and I place him in the same category of a Tony Williams or Roy Haynes (he actually knows...


03/12/09    Community Articles

Why Do We Play?

Here's a short story of a surreal event that took place a few weeks ago. Surreal and inspirational at the same time.

03/12/09    Community Articles

Sudoku breakdown...

Here's a brief essay about how I went about composing my sudoku suite. I've gotten a lot of questions about the method, so I decided to let it all out. I hope it inspires more well-thought-out works in the future.

03/12/09    Community Articles

I Invite you to the World Premier of a Movie I Starred in at the Tribeca Film Festival

Two years ago I participated in a film project entitled Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench by Damien Chazelle, a Harvard University film student. It was my first time acting without a horn in my hand for the majority of the time and I had tons of fun shooting...

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About Jason Palmer


Trumpeter/Composer/Arranger Jason Palmer is slowly becoming one of the most in demand jazz musicians of his generation. He has worked with icons such as Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith (the organist), Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Rosenwinkel (first trumpeter to ever be hired by this highly acclaimed guitarist), Ravi Coltrane, Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen, Clarence Penn, Jeff Ballard, Kenny Barron, Phil Woods, Common (hip-hop icon), Roy Hargrove, Billy Pierce, etc. Jason took 1st Place ($10,000 prize) in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. The June 2007 issue of Downbeat Magazine cited Jason as one of the “Top 25 trumpeters of the Future”. His debut recording entitled “Songbook” (Ayva Musica) features guest saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and Greg Osby. The record garnered rave reviews upon its’ release and appeared on several “Best of 2008” lists including All Music Guide’s list for best jazz album. Jason was a member of Greg Osby’s quintet from 2004-2006 which performed at major jazz festivals in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, France, Malta, Netherlands, as well as two stints at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Jason is currently a member of Grace Kelly’s Quintet and Matana Robert’s Mississippi Moonchile, performing at major jazz festivals in Sicily, Germany, Finland, Croatia, Serbia, Bratislava, Canada, as well as numerous clubs and major jazz festivals in the U.S. In September of 2009 Jason completed a 4-week 24-date extensive tour of the UK in support of UK bassist Michael Janisch’s debut album entitled Purpose Built, which also features Jason Palmer’s trumpet work.

Jason’s quintet has been leading the house band every weekend at Boston’s historical Wally’s Jazz Café for the past ten years. He has also presented his band at the Tanglewood Jazz Fest, the Stone and the Jazz Gallery in NYC, the Studio in Hartford Ct, as well as numerous venues throughout New England. In 2007, Jason Palmer was commissioned by the Festival of New Trumpet Music in NYC to premier a new work (based on a Sudoku game) for his quintet at the Jazz Standard.

In addition to maintaining a heavy performing schedule, Jason Palmer continues to maintain a busy schedule as an educator/actor/board member at JazzBoston. At a time when many music educators in the Boston area are commuting from New York City, Jason started commuting from Boston to New York City to serve on the faculty at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in the fall of 2008. Jason has taught trumpet and directed ensembles in the Preparatory Division and the School for Continuing Education at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston for the past eleven years and is teaching at the Mission Hill School for the past six years. He is also a faculty member at the Aquinas College Jazz Camp (Grand Rapids, MI, 2004-present) and has given masterclasses in Portugal, the UK, and Mexico. Jason was the leading actor in director Damien Chazelle’s Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench. The movie received great reviews after premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009. Since then the film is screening at film festivals in Greece, Denmark, Austria, Australia, Bratislava, Martha’s Vineyard (MA), Houston (TX), Denver (CO), Seattle (WA), Los Angeles (CA), Calgary (Canada), Minneapolis (MN), Mill Valley (CA), and in NYC at the MOMA.

Jason Palmer joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 12, 2009