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Radio & Podcasts

Grrrr... Young Lions Revisited

Read "Grrrr... Young Lions Revisited" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


It had to happen. The bastards came of jazz-age in the eighties and nineties--an era when young lions roamed the earth (and the mall record bins) and, sooner or later, attention must be paid. What to say about this last gasp of mainstream, corporate-approved jazz before the collapse of the majors? Oh, so very, very much. So much in fact that some of the ranting had to be tagged on to the ending just to avoid sinking the ship. Pop ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Nicholas Payton, Carmen McRae's Centennial, Newk with Max Roach & More

Read "Nicholas Payton, Carmen McRae's Centennial, Newk with Max Roach & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Nicholas Payton appeared a few days ago at the Manship Theatre, downtown Baton Rouge. So, we thought it would be a fine idea to feature several selections from his most recent recording, Relaxin' with Nick. This week we start our Carmen McRae centennial celebration, featuring her with Jack McDuff, Phil Upchurch and Red Holloway 'live..'. a sweet session. Then it's our continuing chronological Sonny Rollins salute featuring his work with Max Roach + 4. Along the way, 21st century music ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Nicholas Payton, The Bad Plus and More

Read "Nicholas Payton, The Bad Plus and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we open with the great Drummer Jerome Jennings, a musician who has a keen eye on the social issues and political environment of today, and a cut off his new album Solidarity. We also visit the world of The Bad Plus with a song off their newest and highly anticipated album called Activate Infinity. We also were fortunate to hear from Philadelphia musician Lucas Brown with his album Skyviews and Italian jazz cat Roberto Tola. We profile the ...

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Album Review

Nicholas Payton: Relaxin' with Nick

Read "Relaxin' with Nick" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


This percolating trio date of brothers from different riff mothers—bassist Peter Washington, drummer Kenny Washington and Nicholas Payton—is a bit misleading. In this setting Payton is a quartet unto himself, sailing with his trumpet while playing elegant piano/Fender Rhodes, electronics, and the occasional rap/vocal that we needn't discuss pro or con. Given all that, Relaxin' with Nick throws new color on the casual trio setting, and what else would you expect from a fleet, forward thinker like Payton?

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In Pictures

Nicholas Payton at GetCloser Jazz Fest 2018

Read "Nicholas Payton at GetCloser Jazz Fest 2018" reviewed by Roberto Cifarelli


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Album Review

Nicholas Payton: Afro-Caribbean Mixtape

Read "Afro-Caribbean Mixtape" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


In 2011 New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton set fire to social media with his outspoken views on the death of jazz, race and Black American music. The backdraft produced not only fiercely opposing views but also hate-mail directed towards Payton. While the debate continues on what is and what isn't jazz, there's never been a question about Payton's talent or abilities. Throughout his discography as a Postmodern New Orleans musician, Payton's mastery of the horn is without reproach and sung ...

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Live Review

Nicholas Payton Trio at Dazzle

Read "Nicholas Payton Trio at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson


Nicholas Payton Trio Dazzle Denver, CO March 5, 2016 Payton or Peyton? Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. They're both from jny: New Orleans. Both Payton and Peyton are in the entertainment business. They've both recently wrapped up brief stays in jny: Denver. And they are (or in the case of Peyton, were) a couple of the best in their respective businesses. Payton played is last gig in Denver Sunday night as ...


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