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Grammy-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton offers the world a present worthy of his immense skills: a live concert performance of the iconic Miles Davis-Gil Evans collaboration, Sketches of Spain via his BMF Records imprint. Framing Payton's virtuosic playing is a 19-piece ensemble comprised of 15 brass and woodwinds and a harpist drawn from theSinfonieorchester Basel with conductorDennis Russell Davies, and Payton's long-time collaborators Vicente Archer on bass, Marcus Gilmore on drums, and Daniel Sadownick on percussion.
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Nicholas Payton Trio plays npr - tiny desk with incredible stamina
He should have been exhausted, but instead played the Tiny Desk with incredible stamina, holding a single trumpet note that lasted longer than most people can hold their breath. In the days just before this performance, Nicholas Payton played at the Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, then Santiago, Chile and, finally, New York City. A member of his team drove ...
Nicholas Payton - Afro-Caribbean Mixtape makes The Norwich Radical: 20 best of 2017
It's a common cliché that the quality and abundance of political and protest music is directly proportionate to the awfulness of the broader political landscape. The Vietnam War gave us the great American folk singers. The stagnation, unemployment and neoliberalism's cusp of the 1970s bred punk. Thatcher's Britain brought us the motley crew of rebels surrounding Red Wedge. The rapid and destructiv...
Nicholas Payton set to make first appearance at Satchmo SummerFest / offBeat Magazine
Satchmo SummerFest has revealed the lineup for its 17th annual celebration, which is slated to take over the Old U.S. Mint on August 4-6. This year's gathering will find the event returning to its longtime home after a brief move to Jackson Square in 2016.
Nicholas Payton, Kermit Ruffins, Hot 8 Brass Band, James Andrews and the Crescent City All-Stars, John Boutte, New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, ...
Nicholas Payton's Afro-Caribbean Mixtape deftly skirts the contemporary and the ancient / relix
Nicholas Payton has never been one to aim low. The multi-instrumentalist and composer decries the word jazz, preferring to call what he creates "postmodern New Orleans music"-he's got a tune on this release called "Jazz Is a Four-Letter Word"-but he has nonetheless been labeled a jazz musician since his emergence, even as he continues to attempt to shed the term. Perhaps it's best to give him the benefit...
Nicholas Payton set to headline Atlanta Jazz Festival / ARTSATL
When Mayor Maynard Jackson founded the Atlanta Jazz Festival in 1978, he wanted to spotlight the city as an international center of the arts and education, and promote an art form that was indigenous to the South. Forty years later, the free outdoor event remains a Memorial Day weekend staple for aficionados, and continues the tradition of drawing world-class talent like Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone and ...
Nicholas Payton's Afro Caribbean Mixtape Band headlines Twin Cities WinterJazzFest / Pioneer Press
Trumpeter and keyboardist Nicholas Payton, who headlined the Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival on Sunday at the St. Paul Hotel, likes to perform in a variety of contexts. He's led big bands, recorded two-trumpeter duets, collaborated with much older musicians playing jazz standards, and led an electronic fusion hip-hop/jazz band. On Sunday, the New Orleans native led his Afro Caribbean Mixtape Band, a per...
billboard track premiere: Nicholas Payton - 'El Guajiro'
"I titled this album Afro-Caribbean Mixtape as a way of acknowledging the strong will of African peoples," the singular trumpeter and musical mixologist Nicholas Payton writes of his peregrinating new release. "To explore how these songs and rhythms came from Africa, got funneled through the Caribbean in places like Haiti, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, and traveled to the northernmost part of the Caribbean - Ne...
Nicholas Payton set to play Scullers / The Boston Globe
If there's a constant about Nicholas Payton, it's that he's always evolving. Payton, 42, is best known for playing trumpet, having burst onto the jazz scene a quarter century ago while still a teenager, as his fellow New Orleanian Wynton Marsalis had done a decade earlier. When he performs two sets at Scullers on Saturday, however, Payton will be playing keyboards along with his trumpet - sometimes simul...
Nicholas Payton set to play Jazz Showcase / Chicago Tribune
The first time I heard trumpeter Nicholas Payton, in New Orleans when he was 16 years old, I was surprised to discover that the early buzz about the unusually prodigious musician had been understated. Wynton Marsalis and others had told me of Payton's distinctive gifts on trumpet, as well as Payton's fluency on a range of instruments. But Payton, who made an impressive Chicago debut at the Jazz S...
A Conversation with Nicholas Payton / Wesleyan Argus
One story underground in a CFA rehearsal hall, a Wesleyan musician slowly rose from his seat and turned to face an attentive crowd of around two dozen onlookers. He lifted his trumpet from its case, but before he could press the curved brass mouthpiece to his lips a voice interjected: It belonged to Nicholas Payton, and he wished to join. All of a sudden, a solo presentation of Wesleya...
Nicholas Payton on WWOZ Radio - New Music Spotlight
Nicholas Payton has a new double album out on his own label, Paytone Records, titled "Letters." In the 26 tracks within, Payton truly runs the gamut from A to Z-- literally, as each track is named after a letter of the alphabet. The talented trumpeter hops instruments on this release, spending significant time on piano, keyboard, and Hammond B-3 organ, as well as the horn. The multi-instrumentalist g...
Nicholas Payton and what we mean when we say black music / reverb interview
It's one thing to devote your life to music. It's another to talk about that experience the way Nicholas Payton does. Unsurprisingly, music surrounded Payton as a child growing up in New Orleans. "Bands would just form on the streets," he said in an interview this week. "I still don't know any other place where that happens." He started playing trumpet when he was four and was performing shows with h...
Nicholas Payton plays Detroit Jazz Festival / Amsterdam News review
Amsterdam News calls Nicholas Payton's Detroit Jazz Festival performance "an unforgettable moment in live jazz." Payton's powerful adaptation of Miles Davis and Gil Evans' Sketches of Spain featured Vicente Archer, Bill Stewart, and the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra conducted by Norah Duncan IV. Payton explains how Miles inspires him. "At this point, Miles is my favorite ...
Nicholas Payton has strong words for Black America
Trumpeter Nicholas Payton has some strong words for "Black America" in light of the recent police shooting of the unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Payton begins his powerful post by saying: "Message to Black America: It's unlikely that the lawmakers or their agents will ever admit when they're guilty of a crime. Just us." READ THE FULL Offbeat.com ARTICLE...
Nicholas Payton at 40 - 'Just getting started' / Chicago Tribune feature
Nearly 25 years ago, I encountered a teenage trumpeter in New Orleans whose obvious gifts were overshadowed only by his enormous potential. The young man became one of the most protean trumpet virtuosos in jazz, and last September Nicholas Payton turned 40, a sobering number for anyone who has been following his career since its early days.
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Nicholas Payton: Sketches of Spain / Los Angeles Times review
You have to be talented and bold to tackle this landmark work by Miles Davis and Gil Evans, and few artists capture both qualities like trumpeter Nicholas Payton on his new CD: Sketches of Spain
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Nicholas Payton: Week in Review
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Nicholas Payton: Sketches of Spain / Audiophile Audition review
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Sketches of Spain – Nicholas Payton
BMF Records BMF002 (Nicholas Payton, trumpet; Vicente Archer, doublebass; Marcus Gilmore, drums; Daniel Sadownick, percussion; Basel Symphony Orchestra/ Franziskus Theurillat) READ THE Audiophile Audition REVIEW...
Nicholas Payton: Sketches of Spain debuts #26@CMJ-Jazz
Grammy-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton offers a live concert performance of the iconic Miles Davis-Gil Evans collaboration, Sketches of Spain via his BMF Records imprint. Framing Payton's virtuosic playing is a 19-piece ensemble comprised of 15 brass and woodwinds and a harpist drawn from the Sinfonieorchester Basel with conductor Dennis Russell Davies, and Payton's long-time collaborators Vice...
Grammy-winner Nicholas Payton releases live concert of: 'Sketches of Spain' on his 'BMF Records' imprint
Grammy-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton offers the world a present worthy of his immense skills: a live concert performance of the iconic Miles Davis-Gil Evans collaboration, Sketches of Spain via his BMF Records imprint. Framing Payton's virtuosic playing is a 19-piece ensemble comprised of 15 brass and woodwinds and a harpist drawn from the Sinfonieorchester Basel with conductor Dennis ...