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Nicholas Payton: Relaxin’ with Nick (Smoke Sessions)

Per its title, Relaxin’ with Nick captures Nicholas Payton fully laidback, on music culled from a weekend of performances at NYC’s Smoke earlier this year. Payton unfurls oft-brilliant trumpet and piano/keyboard lines and textures, sometimes simultaneously, over the hand-in-glove grooves of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, the regular rhythm section for Bill Charlap, … Read More “Nicholas Payton: Relaxin’ with Nick (Smoke Sessions)”

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New Orleans Celebrates Itself at Jazz Fest

At an event before the 49th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, producer Quint Davis announced that Jazz Fest would not be focusing on a particular country as part of its booking theme this year. In honor of the city’s tricentennial, he said, “New Orleans is the country we’re celebrating.” Given the obsessively self-referential culture … Read More “New Orleans Celebrates Itself at Jazz Fest”

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Nicholas Payton: Afro-Caribbean Mixtape (Paytone)

Nicholas Payton burst onto the scene in the early ’90s as the Next Big Thing in jazz trumpet, a man with a horn defined by luminescent tone, technical virtuosity and a demonstrable grounding in the jazz tradition. In recent years, he’s also effectively preached the gospel of what he calls “Black American Music,” or #BAM. … Read More “Nicholas Payton: Afro-Caribbean Mixtape (Paytone)”

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#BAM Live at Bohemian Caverns: Nicholas Payton

Nicholas Payton, now 40, has been on the short list of major trumpet players for half his life. In 2011, he achieved an incremental 15 minutes of fame when he publicly renounced the word “jazz,” proclaimed it “an oppressive colonialist slave term” and embraced “Black American Music” (“BAM”) as his preferred alternative. Even those who … Read More “#BAM Live at Bohemian Caverns: Nicholas Payton”

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