(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston presents the Jason Palmer Quintet in a streaming concert on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 8pm ET as part of the “Celebrity Series at Home” Neighborhood Arts virtual concert series. The performance is streamed from Futura Productions Studio in Roslindale, and is followed by an artist chat with Jason Palmer.
Tickets for the digital concert are free with RSVP and are available online at celebrityseries.org/productions/jason-palmer-quintet-places. To browse the entire “Celebrity Series at Home” series and learn more about all of the free and paid performances, visit: celebrityseries.org/athome
An active jazz band that plays all over Boston and New England, including a long tenure as the weekend house band at Wally's Café, the quintet is a regular presence at festivals and clubs across the country. Palmer and his band mark their third consecutive season on the Series; their debut came in 2018 at the Jazz Along the Charles collaborative simultaneous concert on DCR's Charles River Esplanade. In this virtual concert, Palmer will draw from his album Places -- on which all the tracks were written in and inspired by cities he's toured to -- to reflect on this year's missed opportunities to tour, perform, and visit far-off family and friends.
Noah Preminger - Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Harris - Piano
Max Ridley - Bass
Lee Fish - Drums
Jason Palmer - Trumpet
Program to be announced from the stage.
About Jason Palmer:
Trumpeter/composer/educator Jason Palmer is one of the most in-demand musicians of his generation. He has performed with Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, organist Jimmy Smith, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ravi Coltrane, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Common, Roy Hargrove, and Lewis Nash.
Based in Boston for the past 22 years, Jason was a member of the inaugural class of the Boston artist-in-residence fellowship for music composition. In 2017, as well as in 2011, he was named a fellow in music composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In 2014, Jason was a recipient of the French-American cultural exchange jazz fellowship, collaborating with French pianist Cedric Hanriot on an album entitled City of Poets and a tour of the U.S. and Europe. He took first place in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and DownBeat magazine cited Jason as one of the “Top 25 trumpeters of the Future” (June 2007).
In addition to performing on more than forty albums as a sideman, Jason has recorded fifteen albums under his own name on the Avva, Steeplechase, Newvelle, and, most recently, Giant Step Arts labels. Four of his recordings have received four stars or better in DownBeat. Jason has toured more than 30 countries with saxophonists Mark Turner, Greg Osby, Grace Kelly, and Matana Roberts, and been featured as guest artist on multiple projects in Portugal, Mexico, Canada, and Russia.
Jason’s quintet has been the house band every weekend at Wally’s Café jazz club in the South End for the past 15 years. He has presented his band at the Tanglewood Jazz Fest, Sculler’s Jazz Club, the Stone and the Jazz Gallery in NYC, and the Beantown Jazz Festival. In 2007, Jason Palmer was commissioned by the Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York to premiere a new work (based on a Sudoku game) for his quintet at the Jazz Standard. The music from that suite is featured on Beauty ‘n’ Numbers: The Sudoku Suite, Jason’s 2016 record on SteepleChase. Subsequent recordings have included Live at Wally’s, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (2018, SteepleChase); Fair Weather (2018, Newvelle); and the double disk, Rhyme & Reason (March 2019, Giant Step Arts).
In addition to a heavy performing schedule, Jason Palmer holds the position of Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Brass at Berklee College of Music. He also serves on the board of Jazz Boston and has previously served on the faculties of Harvard and New England Conservatory, and the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. He has given master classes in Boston, Washington, DC, and New York, in addition to Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and internationally in Portugal, France, the UK, Russia, Canada, and Mexico.
About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. The Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 81 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience—on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods–everywhere.
Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2020-21 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose generosity supports Arts for All! and help fulfill our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Individual and Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, Leslie & Howard Appleby, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Peter Coxe, Amy & Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., First Republic Bank, Foley & Lardner LLP, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, George & Lizbeth Krupp, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Outside the Box: A Production of the Boston Arts Summer Institute, Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, Anonymous, and many others.
Arts for All! programs are also made possible by support from the LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Endowment & Innovation Funds of the Celebrity Series of Boston.