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Michael Palma

Berklee College of Music graduate Michael Adam Palma is a powerhouse pianist, composer, educator and producer living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Palma has played with heavy hitters such as Wynton Marsalis, Greg Osby, Mark Turner, Jimmy Cobb, Tootie Health, George Garzone, Roy Hargrove, Jason Palmer, Jiggs Whigman, Paquito D'Rivera, Ralph Peterson, Rich Perry and Hal Crook. He has toured the United States as well as Japan, Spain, and France. Palma spent one year in Brooklyn, New York where he performed at iconic venues including The Blue Note, Cafe Vivaldi, and Kitano. He has been a featured artist at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Beantown Jazz Festival, Gene Harris Jazz Festival, and Denton Arts and Jazz Festival as well as several international jazz festivals in both France and Japan.

In 2011, Palma served as a faculty member at the prestigious University of North Texas in their Jazz Studies Department. Palma served as the youngest faculty member in his division teaching private piano lessons as well as improvisation classes. He is currently a faculty member at the Dallas School of Music teaching piano with a focus in technique, improvisation, theory, songwriting and arranging. He currently offers online lessons in a variety of subjects.

Palma has received numerous Downbeat Awards for his masterful performing as well as his compositions. Palma's composing skills have been internationally recognized and can be heard on the television programs such as Dancing with the Stars, Celebrity Expose, and America’s Best Dance Crew as well as television stations ABC, NFL Network, MTV, and Superstation. Palma now resides in Farmers Branch, TX and performs with several self- organized acts in the jazz and pop/electronic idiom.

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To say Michael Palma is an accomplished pianist is a gross understatement. I've been watching, hearing about, or playing alongside Michael Palma since he was in high school. It was no surprise to any of the local musicians that he was an immediately sought after pianist across the country by well known artists over twice his age right after graduating high school. I've played with Michael in concerts, festivals, clubs, etc... and he has never failed to astound both the musicians with which he shares the stage or the audiences for which we perform. One reason Michael continues to succeed in the hearts of listeners is primarily because of one reason: authenticity

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I used to be a professor at the University of North Texas while another faculty member was on leave. I taught improvisation and jazz piano. I now teach at The Dallas School of Music. This will take you to my application. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BOOKING ME PLEASE CALL 214 282 3559 or email: BOOKING and Press: Drew Chapa OR click the letter icon above to send me a message through this site!

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