Tree Palmedo

Instrumentalist, Improviser, Songwriter, Friend

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Tree Palmedo is a trumpeter, composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. His inventive, elegant musicianship has made him a popular collaborator in the worlds of jazz, free music, pop, and indie rock, and he has recorded and performed with an eclectic cast of musicians including Cuban jazz virtuoso Yosvany Terry, DIY Italian pop orchestra Tredici Bacci, singer-songwriter Ben Zaidi, underground legend JG Thirlwell, and acclaimed indie rock band The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die.

After growing up in the cultural hotbed of Portland, OR, he attended the Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program in Stockton, CA, where he toured and recorded with the Downbeat Award-winning Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. He graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in English, then completed a Master's degree in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory. In Boston, he studied trumpet and improvisation with artists such as John McNeil, Vijay Iyer, and Jason Moran, and studied singing and songwriting with Dominique Eade and Hankus Netsky.

Tree's contemporary jazz quartet project Earprint received four stars in Downbeat and was named #1 debut album on the NPR Jazz Critic's Poll, and he has also released work as a singer-songwriter in addition to appearing on numerous recordings as a sideman. He currently plays regularly in the Brooklyn bands Tredici Bacci, Drinking Bird, and Peaceful Faces, and can often be found playing with many others.

Tree has also taught music privately and through the Harvard University Music Department, and has conducted masterclasses in NYC and California public schools and at the 2017 Panama Jazz Festival.