Trumpeter / Composer / Arranger / Educator / Actor, Jason Palmer is one of the most in demand musicians of his generation. This Fall Jason will be on tour in Portugal, Spain and will be featured on the East Coast Tour of The Miles Davis Experience 1949-1959, a Collaboration with Blue Note Records, managed by Cami Music, see "Schedule" for dates. This past summer Jason toured Austria, Germany and was featured in multiple festivals in the East Coast and Canada with the Grace Kelly Quintet, spent a week in residence with FLY at Langnau Jazz nights in Langnau Switzerland. Also in 2011 Jason is an awarded Fellow in composition for the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Jason 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 ever 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, and Lewis Nash.
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".
In addition to performing on over a dozen albums as a sideman, Jason has recorded three albums under his own name and is currently a Steeplechase Records Recording artist. 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 is has toured the world extensively with Greg Osby, Grace Kelly's 5tet, Matana Robert's Mississippi Moonchile, The Round Trip Trio (France), as well as projects lead by bassist Michael Janisch, performing at major jazz festivals in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Croatia, Serbia, Bratislava, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, France, Malta, The Netherlands, and numerous clubs and major jazz festivals in the U.S. Jason's quintet has been leading the house band every weekend at Boston's historical Wally's Jazz Café for the past eleven years. His band was nominated as one of the "Best Jazz Act" by the Boston Phoenix in 2011. He has presented his band at the Tanglewood Jazz Fest, Sculler's Jazz Club, the Stone and the Jazz Gallery in NYC, the Studio in Hartford Ct, as well as numerous venues throughout New England.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council selected Jason as an Artist Fellow in Music Composition for 2011. 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 a heavy performing schedule, Jason Palmer continues to maintain a busy schedule as an educator. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Ensembles at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. The '08-'09 school year also saw Jason commuting from Boston to New York City to serve on the faculty at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. Jason has been teaching trumpet and directing ensembles in the Prep and SCE division at New England Conservatory for the past eleven years and has been the woodwind and brass director at the Mission Hill School for the past six years. He was faculty member at the Aquinas College Jazz Camp (Grand Rapids, MI, 2004-2010). Mr. Palmer has given master classes in Portugal, France, the UK, and Mexico.
Applying his trumpeting skills in a new medium, Jason is the lead actor in Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The movie received great reviews after premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009. Since then the film has been screened at film festivals in Greece, Denmark, Austria, Australia, Bratislava, Martha's Vineyard (MA), Houston, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Calgary (Canada), Minneapolis, Mill Valley (CA), was released in select theaters in North America and is released worldwide on DVD.
Jason also serves on the board of JazzBoston.