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Nicholas Payton

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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

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Emmet Cohen has one foot in the tradition, and another in the future

Read "Emmet Cohen has one foot in the tradition, and another in the future" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Within about a week of home quarantine in March 2020, pianist Emmet Cohen started live-streaming shows every Monday night from his apartment in Harlem.At first it was just Cohen and his bandmates, drummer Kyle Poole and bassist Russell Hall, set up in Cohen's living room. Eventually they started inviting guests, and Emmet's Place became ...

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Article: Live Review

43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Part 1 | Part 2 43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Playhouse Sqaurejny:Cleveland, Ohio June 23-25, 2022 Not quite ten years ago in 2014, the Tri-C JazzFest morphed from a spring event held largely on campus to a summer happening in downtown Cleveland's Playhouse Square. Like with most festivals, the ...

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Article: Interview

Scott Wilson: Nurturing Future Generations of Jazz Musicians

Read "Scott Wilson: Nurturing  Future Generations of Jazz Musicians" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


Scott Wilson is a performer, educator, and composer. He worked at Grand Link World Theme Park in Qingdao, China, at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan, and at Tokyo Disney Sea, among other places around the world. Having many years of experience in the music industry, he has stepped into teaching jazz. Wilson has authored ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

McCoy Tyner & Nicholas Payton

Read "McCoy Tyner & Nicholas Payton" reviewed by Joe Dimino


On the final episode of 2021, we profile the author of Black American Music, Nicholas Payton. We also look at a collection of musicians that made the world of jazz a memorable one in 2021. They include Charlie Ballantine, Beth McKenna, Alex Brown and Angel Roman. Additionally, we profile the musicians who make these musicians who ...

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Whisper of a Shadow

Label: Life Celebration Project
Released: 2021
Track listing: Le Poète Mourant; Mascarade; Lisette; Cold Facts; The Promise of Dawn; Bamboula Dreams Part 1; Bamboula Dreams Part 2; Lez African E La; Life Circle Part 1; The Passage; Life Circle Part 2; Le Poete Mourant poem (Bonus track).

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Blues & Hues New Orleans

Label: Webberworks Entertainment Group
Released: 2021
Track listing: Curtain Time; Clench; Voodoo With Hoodoo; Mardi Gras; Unrequited Love; Blues & Hues New Orleans; Final Curtain

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Sing To The World

Label: Rainy Days Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Sounds of Freedom; Views of the Blues; Father; Offering; Visionary; Smile; Sing to the World; 412; Flatbush Avenue; Colors.

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Article: What is Jazz?

Jazz Returns to Seattle's Central District: Two Evenings of Black Brilliance

Read "Jazz Returns to Seattle's Central District: Two Evenings of Black Brilliance" reviewed by Paul Rauch


There is a miracle on the corner of 12th Avenue and Jackson St. in what is now Seattle's “Little Saigon." In what was a traditional African American and Jewish community before the influx of Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian immigrants after the war in Southeast Asia in the early 1980's, this urban crossroads was the main pulse ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nicholas Payton, Giacomo Zanus, Andorra, Dan Phillips & Other New Releases

Read "Nicholas Payton, Giacomo Zanus, Andorra, Dan Phillips & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


For the first part of this week's show we focus on new and upcoming albums by trumpet players, and collaborations between guitarists and drummers.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Nicholas Payton “Hangin' In and Jivin'" Smoke Sessions (Smoke Sessions) 0:16 Host talks 7:52 Abigoba “Decoy" ...


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