Jason Palmer

Assistant Professor
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Jason Palmer has worked with Roy Haynes, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ravi Coltrane, and Mark Turner, among many others.

Having made Boston his home for 22 years (he's currently a Spokane resident), Palmer was named to the inaugural class of the Boston Artist in Residence Fellowship for Music Composition. He also received a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant in 2019. In 2011 and 2017, he was named a Fellow in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In 2014, he was honored as a recipient of the French American Cultural Exchange Jazz Fellowship where he collaborated with French pianist Cedric Hanriot on an album and touring the United States and Europe. He won first place in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and was cited in the June 2007 issue of DownBeat Magazine as one of the Top 25 Trumpeters of the Future.

In addition to performing on over 40 albums as a sideman, Palmer has recorded 15 albums under his own name on labels Ayva, Steeplechase, Newvelle, and, most recently, Giant Step Arts. Four of his recordings were reviewed by DownBeat Magazine, all receiving four or more stars. He has toured in over 35 countries with saxophonists Mark Turner, Greg Osby, Grace Kelly, and Matana Roberts, and has been a featured guest artist on multiple projects in Portugal, Mexico, Canada, and Russia.

Career Highlights
  • Leader of the Jason Palmer Collective
  • Performances with Common, Michael Janisch, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
  • Member of Mark Turner's Quartet, Grace Kelly's Quintet, George Burton Quintet, Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom, and Greg Osby's Quintet, among others
  • Recipient of the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works award
  • Recipient of the French American Jazz Exchange Grant¬†
  • Recipient of the Fellowship in Music Composition from Massachusetts Cultural Council, 2011 and 2017
  • Recipient of the Boston Artist in Residence Fellowship for Music Composition
  • B.A.,¬†New England Conservatory of Music, jazz trumpet
In Their Own Words

I would like to aid my students into becoming more emboldened to create their own systems of music creation that will allow them to forge a singular voice, which is unique to them exclusively."

I feel that my teaching modus operandi is a direct extension of my professional background in performance. In most of my classes, I perform with my students in hopes of creating a space that can simulate a live performance setting. I've spent many years traveling the world 'edutaining' audiences, spreading the joy of the creative/spontaneous music process."