Jason Palmer

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Trumpeter Jason Palmer is based in Boston, where he teaches at Berklee and plays regularly at Wally’s. He’s recorded extensively as a leader, and has also worked with players as different from each other as Matana Roberts and Grace Kelly. He’s just released a new double live CD, Rhyme and Reason, with the help of Giant Step Arts, a nonprofit formed by photographer Jimmy Katz and his wife Dena that provides jazz artists with funding for albums – Giant Step pays for the recording and the manufacturing, and even the publicity, and all the artists have to do is figure out a way to sell the CDs.

In this interview, we talk about a lot of different subjects, including some of Palmer’s previous albums, some things he’s got coming up, the whole Giant Step Arts thing, his work in Damian Chazelle‘s movie Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, and more. It’s a very interesting conversation, and one I hope you’ll enjoy.

Music heard in this episode:

Jason Palmer, “Herbs in a Glass” (Rhyme and Reason)

Jason Palmer, “Waltz for Diana” (Rhyme and Reason)