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KYE PALMER, Instructor in Music

kye palmerKye Palmer is a 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, 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, hehas 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.

Palmer 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. his 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 avail- able on iTunes.

As an educator, Palmer has taught applied trumpet at USC, Jazz Theory and Improvisation at Riverside Community College and main- tained 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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