Nicholas Payton, Into the Blue
; Russell Gunn
, Gunn Fu
(HighNote).Desert Island picks:Freddie Hubbard
, First Light
(CTI Records); John Coltrane
, Giant Steps
, Freedom In the Groove
Nicholas Payton, Dear Louis
Donald Byrd, Places and Spaces
(Blue Note).How would you describe the state of jazz today?
Jazz is strong, but like the industry itself, it is re-inventing the approach to marketing to new listeners.What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Change the connotation of "Contemporary" into a positive thing...
Listen...What is in the near future?
Right I'm promoting my two releases, Love Letters
. While I'm doing that, I'll be finishing up my classical-influenced album, The Chocolates Suite
and an R&B album called Chemistry
for late 2009.By Day:
By day I am writing great music, shedding, and giving the occasional clinic or lesson. By night, jamming...If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
An Attorney... Because I still get to be suave in my suit and still talk big sh*t...