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Nicholas Payton

Since 1994 when Nicholas Payton made his recording debut as a leader with From This Moment, the trumpeter has been lauded as a significant, top-tier voice in jazz. Even though he started out as a “young lion of jazz,” heralded as one of the new-generation guardians of the hard bop flame, Payton consistently committed himself to discovering his voice outside of the strict confines of that rearview mirror approach to the music. While his jazz journey has taken him down many roads"from heritage artist to electric experimenter"the 34-year-old trumpeter arrives at a new plateau of jazz maturity with Into the Blue, his ninth album and his first for Nonesuch

Planet Smoogies

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Pay Up; Violet; Blender Spaceship; Colorful Himalayas; Panera Bounce; Hope is Valid; Trapanova.

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All About Jazz Improves Album Content—Now Supports Leaders, Co-Leaders And Side Personnel

All About Jazz Improves Album Content—Now Supports Leaders, Co-Leaders And Side Personnel

All About Jazz greatly improved how we handle album personnel—making it easier for readers to discover “who played on what." To best illustrate how we (now) present personnel on an album, check out Pat Metheny's From This Place. Scroll to the personnel section to view the new look which includes the musician's name, their photo and ...

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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 ...

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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

Relaxin' with Nick

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Disc 1: Relaxin' with Nick; C; El Guajiro; Stablemates; Eight; Jazz is a Four-Letter Word; Otello; Tea For Two. Disc 2: 1983; F (for Alex Foley); A; I Hear A Rhapsody; Five; When I Fall in Love; Praalude.

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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 ...

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Jazz Room Special Edition: Trumpet Summit

Read "Jazz Room Special Edition: Trumpet Summit" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Jazz Room Special Edition: Trumpet Summit Booth Playhouse Charlotte, NC September 20, 2019 There's something about the trumpet: brash, brassy, loud, and always a powerful lead voice in any ensemble. If one trumpet is all of those things, imagine what five would sound like. For the Jazz Room's second Trumpet Summit ...

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River City Jazz Masters Preview, Newk, Tadd & More

Read "River City Jazz Masters Preview, Newk, Tadd & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Happy 89th birthday to Mr. Sonny Rollins! After some 21st century music from Hudson, Joshua Redman (his latest), UK pianist Zoe Rahman [whew!], Chicagoland's Geof Bradfield & Kamasi Washington, we preview the Baton Rouge River City Jazz Masters 2019-2020 season at the Manship Theatre (Eddie Palmieri, Eric Alexander, Nicholas Payton AND Jazzmeia Horn)! It's ...

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On Miles' (not so) Silent Way

Read "On Miles' (not so) Silent Way" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

On 30 July 1969 Miles Davis released In a Silent Way. After influencing generations of musicians, its tracks continue to sound as modern 50 years later as when they were first recorded. This week we celebrate the musical trail blazed by that seminal album by focusing on musicians that have embraced Miles' electric ...


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