Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Nicholas Payton on WBGO’s Live at the Village Vanguard

Nicholas Patyon (photo by Michael Wilson)

Nicholas Patyon (photo by Michael Wilson)

Tune in, log on or drop by the Village Vanguard on Wednesday, March 10 to hear the Nicholas Payton Quintet on WBGO’s Live at the Village Vanguard.

The band will include Taylor Eigsti on piano, Vicente Archer on bass, Marcus Gilmore on drums and Daniel Sadownick on percucssion.

Born into a musical family (he remembers sitting under the piano while his father rehearsed with his band) and mentored by two Crescent City jazz masters (Clyde Kerr Jr. at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Ellis Marsalis at the University of New Orleans), Payton was well-prepared to leap into the jazz fray when he emerged on the New York in the early 1990s. He impressed fellow New Orleans native and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis and was a regular in the early years of programming at the institution.

Payton went on to put his own spin on Louis Armstrong-associated music on his sophomore CD, the appropriately-titled 1995 disc Gumbo Nouveau. While over the next several years, Payton continued to hone his craft working with such jazz legends as Doc Cheatham (on their Grammy Award-winning 1997 eponymous duo), Hank Jones, Elvin Jones, and Ray Brown, in 2003 he boldly moved beyond the straight-ahead. He shocked the jazz world with his adventurous CD Sonic Trance, an exhilarating plugged-in outing infused with elements of hip-hop, electronica, and effects-driven trumpeting.

Don’t miss this exciting edition of Live from the Village Vanguard with the Nicolas Payton Quintet on March 10, 2010 at 9pm.

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