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Nicholas Payton XXX

Tue, Aug 6 -
Wed, Aug 7, 2013

Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
$24.50 Free parking

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents trumpeter Nicholas Payton with his band for two nights, touring in support of his latest release, #BAM Live at Bohemian Caverns (BMF Records). Band members are Nicholas Payton (trumpet and fender rhodes), Vicente Archer (bass) and Corey Fonville (drums). Set times Tuesday and Wednesday are at 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm.

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“Payton's clarion trumpet, as well as his genre-defying solos, stood at the center of the music making... Payton bent notes beyond recognition… No descriptive label or category could be affixed to Payton's solos, which were as brashly original as they were technically imposing.” - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Nicholas Payton is widely considered one of the greatest artists of our time. Hailed as a virtuoso before he was even out of high school, his maturation and talent has earned him praise and accolades, as well as insured his place in musical history.

#BAM Live at Bohemian Caverns, Payton’s latest release, is the first for his own imprint, BMF Records®. Recorded at the historic Washington, D.C. club, Bohemian Caverns, on November 3, 2012, the album features a blistering set that captures Payton's now renowned prowess on the trumpet – while simultaneously playing the Fender Rhodes piano. His genius and unmistakable originality is on wide display for this recording.

The hashtag, #BAM, stands for Black American Music. The #BAM movement created by Nicholas, states the revolutionary, yet evident, idea that music of the Black American diaspora is more similar than dissimilar. Black American Music speaks of his and all music descending from the Black American experience, including spirituals, gospel, blues, so-called jazz and soul. A prolific writer, the genesis of the #BAM movement was in reaction to a blog post on November 27, 2011 entitled:  “On Why Jazz Isn't Cool Anymore.”

Spanning a multitude of musical genres, Payton has composed and arranged, performed and recorded with his own groups in many settings, including solo, duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, 21-piece big band, as well as his 2012 full orchestral work, The Black American Symphony.


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