NICHOLAS PAYTON

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Nicholas Payton (born September 26, 1973) is a jazz trumpet player from New Orleans, Louisiana. The son of bassist and sousaphonist Walter Payton, he took up the trumpet at the age of four and by the time he was nine he was playing in The Young Tuxedo Brass Band alongside his father. Encouraged by Wynton Marsalis, who was himself involved in New Orleans' jazz and brass band music in his youth, Payton played semi-professionally throughout his grade school years and at the age of 12 played with the All star jazz band at festivals througout the United States and Europe. Upon leaving school he enrolled first at the New Orleans Centre for Creative Arts and then at the University of New Orleans, where he studied with Ellis Marsalis.

After touring with Marcus Roberts and Elvin Jones in the early 90s Payton signed a recording contract with Verve; his first album,
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Relaxin' with NickRelaxin' with Nick
Smoke Sessions Records 2019
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LettersLetters
CD Baby 2015
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#BAM Live at Bohemian Caverns#BAM Live at Bohemian Caverns
CD Baby 2013
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Payton's PlacePayton's Place
Verve 1998
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Dear LouisDear Louis
Verve 2001
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Gumbo NouveauGumbo Nouveau
Polygram Records 1996
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Nicolas Payton Into the BlueNicolas Payton Into the Blue
Nonesuch 2008
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NICHOLAS PAYTON New Orleans Collective album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Orleans Collective
Post Bop 1993
NICHOLAS PAYTON From This Moment album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From This Moment
Post Bop 1995
NICHOLAS PAYTON Gumbo Nouvea album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Gumbo Nouvea
Hard Bop 1996
NICHOLAS PAYTON Payton's Place album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Payton's Place
Hard Bop 1998
NICHOLAS PAYTON Trumpet Legacy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trumpet Legacy
Hard Bop 1998
NICHOLAS PAYTON Nick @ Night album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nick @ Night
Post Bop 2000
NICHOLAS PAYTON Dear Louis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dear Louis
Big Band 2001
NICHOLAS PAYTON Sonic Trance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sonic Trance
Eclectic Fusion 2003
NICHOLAS PAYTON Mysterious Shorter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mysterious Shorter
Hard Bop 2006
NICHOLAS PAYTON Into The Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Into The Blue
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2008
NICHOLAS PAYTON Bitches album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bitches
RnB 2011
NICHOLAS PAYTON Numbers album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Numbers
RnB 2014
NICHOLAS PAYTON Letters album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Letters
RnB 2015
NICHOLAS PAYTON Textures album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Textures
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 2016
NICHOLAS PAYTON Afro-Caribbean Mixtape album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 2017

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NICHOLAS PAYTON The Egyptian Second Line album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Egyptian Second Line
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 2016

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NICHOLAS PAYTON Live in New York 1.24.04 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in New York 1.24.04
Fusion 2004
NICHOLAS PAYTON Sketches of Spain (with Sinfonieorchester Basel) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Sketches of Spain (with Sinfonieorchester Basel)
Third Stream 2013
NICHOLAS PAYTON #BAM: Live At Bohemian Caverns album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
#BAM: Live At Bohemian Caverns
Hard Bop 2013
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Relaxin' With Nick
Fusion 2019

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NICHOLAS PAYTON Gumbo Nouvea

Album · 1996 · Hard Bop
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Nicholas Payton was born and raised in New Orleans. His parents are both musicians,his father is a Bassist, his mum sings opera and plays piano.Off course within a family of that nature he took up music and received his first trumpet at 4 but really did not take things seriously till he was round about 11, when he was playing street parades,in the' All Star Brass Band" and anywhere else possible.At the time of recording this album he is 22 which was released back in 1996 but recorded in 95. The band is a Sextet with Nicholas (trumpet),Jesse Davis (alto Sax),Tim Warfield (tenor sax),Anthony Womsey (piano).Reuben Rogers ( this man has the longest fingers no wonder he plays bass) and Adonis Rose (drums). All young and some of these musicians have already supported are a who's who of contempary Jazz,Christian McBride,Joshua Redman,Wynton Marsalis,Roy Hargrove,Aaron Goldberg,even Diana Krall and the list goes on.

Classic New Orleans tunes,predominately by Pops (Loius Armstrong) given a contempary Hard Bop treatment and a nice fairly laid back album is the result, well constructed and played beautifully.No vocals just Jazz and even though the traditionalists might say "Oh no" it is not a problem for this modern revamp of some of the most famous tunes in Jazz.

We begin with "Whoppin" Blues" and every body has a crack at this Nicholas first,Jesse on alto is next all great solos and then along comes Tim warfield on tenor and he begins his solo with a quick flash of "When The Saints Come Marching In" and I always get a kick when musicians put snippets in. The theme is played between each solo of the tune.The next one up has already had a little prelude on the previous by Tim Warfield and yes it is "When the Saints" Louis Armstrong played this at practically every concert and the version Nicholas provides is fairly laid back and subdued but it does not take away from the tune at all and actually is refreshing to hear it done differently."Wild Man Blues" comes along and commences with a lovely solo from Nicholas and he keeps a hold of the tune the whole time.All are great repesentations of these classic New Orleans numbers and for track 5 we get a great snappy version of 'Way Down Yonder In New Orleans" but one of the standouts is "Weather Bird". Nicholas Payton's trumpet soars with that New Orleans flavour. The album finishes up with quite a great cover of "St. James Infirmary". One other mention is track 7 "I got a Right to Sing the Blues" which he will redo again on his next album with Doc Cheatham and both are different to each other. This one is a little more contempary but the other with Doc Cheatham is more in a traditional manner.

Of all the albums I have heard recorded by Nicholas Payton it is always the New Orleans flavoured ones that I have liked best. Maybe it is his home town and being taught how to play there but whatever the reason he does them beautifully and this one is no exception.

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