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Catch Cecil Payne Live…..Tonight!

Legendary baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne will be performing tonight and Saturday night in Brooklyn, NY, his birthplace, at the Up, Over Jazz Cafe.

Cecil is one of the last surviving musicians that played with Charlie Parker as part of the Dizzy Gillespie

band from 1947-48. His long career has also seen him play with Bud Powell, Max Roach, J.J. Johnson, Illinois Jacquet, and Count Basie. Cecil turned 74 on December 14th, but shows no sign of slowing down. He looks forward to the spring, 2001 release of a new album featuring Eric Alexander, Harold Mabern, and Jim Rotondi.

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