Duo: 6:30 to 8:30 // Kye Palmer: 9:00
Very melodic former Tonight Show trumpet player.
Kye Palmer held the trumpet chair in the house band on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 2006-2009 and was heard nightly on NBC. Before his tenure on the Tonight Show, he toured with the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. He has performed live with music legends Bob Dylan, Tom Jones, Tony Bennett, Seal and Joe Williams. He has toured Japan with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and Europe with Brian Setzer. Other European appearances include guest artist with the HR Big Band in Frankfurt, Germany. Besides his regular spot in the house band, he has appeared on the Tonight Show with musical guests Michael Bolton, Switchfoot, Brian Setzer, Ray LaMontagne, Los Lonely Boys and Natalie Cole. Other TV appearances include Late Night with David Letterman, Good Morning America, the Today Show and the Conan O'Brien Show.
As an educator, Palmer has taught trumpet at USC, Jazz Theory and Improvisation at Riverside Community College and maintained a private teaching studio for students of all ages since 1999. His former students include members of Michael Buble's touring band as well as a Downbeat college award winner and a Grammy high school band finalist.
As a clinician/soloist he has worked with students and bands at the University of North Florida, University of Memphis, Mount San Antonio College, Riverside Community College, Cal-State Fullerton and many local high schools. He has also authored several articles on jazz improvisation for the International Trumpet Guild.