Jason Palmer is the newest member of Blue Note recording artist Greg Osby's group The Greg Osby Five. With this group, Jason has performed at major jazz festivals in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, France, Malta, and the Netherlands. He is set to release his first album as a leader this year entitled Introducing Jason Palmer on the Ayva Musica label out of Barcelona, Spain.
Jason was a finalist in the 2003 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Solo Trumpet Competition held in Orlando, Florida. He has recorded for CBC radio in Toronto, Canada as a member of the David Virelles Quartet. Jason leads a quintet that has served as the house band at Boston’s historical Wally’s Jazz Café for the past five years. His groups have performed twice on WGBH radio’s Eric in the Evening, presented concerts at Emmanuel Church in Boston as a part of First Night Boston, the Highland Jazz Series in Needham, Mass., and has performed at the Jazz Standard in New York City. As a teacher, Jason has served on the trumpet faculty at the Mile High Jazz Camp (Boulder, CO), the Aquinas College Jazz Camp (Grand Rapids, MI), as well as the trumpet faculty in the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.
Jason was a resident at the 2000 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at Aspen Snowmass in Aspen, CO, the 2003 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program, as well as the 2003 Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. While attending these programs, he studied and performed with jazz legends such as Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade, Christian McBride, Jimmy Smith, James Moody, Rufus Reid, Winard Harper, and Fred Wesley. During his time in Boston, Jason has been fortunate to share the stage with Roy Haynes, Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Lewis Nash, Billy Pierce, Roy Hargrove, and Tim Warfield. He has performed at venues such as The Village Vanguard (New York), Blues Alley (Washington D.C.), Sculler’s Jazz Club, the Regattabar, Ryle’s Jazz Club, Tremont Theatre, Les Zygomates, and The Good Life. Along with weekly engagements at the historical Wally’s Café, Palmer has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the Mablehead Jazz Festival, and the Highland Jazz Festival, as well as festivals in Paris and Coulmmiers, France with the Julien Augier Sextet.
While attending the Greensboro Music Academy in North Carolina, he was awarded the “best jazz soloist” prize at the North Carolina Central University Jazz Festival in 1996 and 1997. He later went on to study at New England Conservatory, with artists such as Danilo Perez, George Russell, Jerry Bergonzi, John McNeil, Bob Brookmeyer, and Cecil McBee.
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