Instructor
Joined in
2013
Levels Taught

All, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Areas of Instruction

Trumpet

Kye Palmer

Instructor

About Me

Native of southern California and a graduate of Cal-Poly, Pomona. He 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, Kye toured with the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. Kye 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, Kye 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, the Conan O’Brien Show.

Kye can be heard playing live jazz with his own group at various Los Angeles venues including Spazio and Vibrato. Regular appearances as a sideman include DMQ, the Edmund Velasco Quintet, the Chris Walden Big Band, and Bill Cunliffe’s Imaginacion. Kye’s compositions can be heard live with several of these groups and his arrangement of Kenny Barron’s Voyage was recorded by Poncho Sanchez and is available on iTunes. 

As an educator, Kye has taught applied 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.

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