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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Nicholas Payton, Trumpet

Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
Saturday, March 16, 2019 9 PM Zankel Hall
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Nicholas Payton Courtesy Paytone Records
Trumpeter Nicholas Payton traces the path of African rhythms from their arrival in the Caribbean through their journey to New Orleans and on to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, and New York. He explores how the music of New Orleans became, in a sense, the world’s first popular music and how its greatest practitioner—Louis Armstrong—became one of the first pop stars. You’ll hear how swing, bebop, R&B, hip-hop, and more share a DNA that connects people around the world.

Part of: Migrations: The Making of America, Joyce and George T. Wein Shape of Jazz, The Great Migration, The Great Migration, and Migrations

Performers

Nicholas Payton, Trumpet

with
Lady Fingaz, DJ
Burniss Travis, Bass
Jonathan Barber, Drums
Daniel Sadownick, Percussion

Event Duration

The concert will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Late Nights at Zankel Hall

Join us for a pre-concert drink at the Parterre Bar in Zankel Hall before concerts that start at 9 PM or later.
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This concert and the Joyce and George T. Wein Shape of Jazz series are made possible by the Joyce and George Wein Foundation in memory of Joyce Wein.

Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC.

Ford Foundation

Lead support for Migrations: The Making of America is provided by the Ford Foundation, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, and Igor Tulchinsky.

Howard Gilman Foundation

Additional support is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

National Endowment for the Arts: arts.gov

Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Nicholas Payton

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and trumpet master Nicholas Payton is one of the most important artists working and recording today. A virtuoso before he was out of high school, his talent and skills have earned him praise and accolades, and ensured his place in music history. Spanning a multitude  ...

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and trumpet master Nicholas Payton is one of the most important artists working and recording today. A virtuoso before he was out of high school, his talent and skills have earned him praise and accolades, and ensured his place in music history. 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 Black American Symphony.

Payton is president of his own successful independent label, Paytone Records. His latest project is Afro-Caribbean Mixtape, where he seamlessly merges contemporary music, African rhythms, and the voices of historical figures with a performance and execution that is unmatched. Payton notes, “It is often said that New Orleans is the northernmost region of the Caribbean. Africa is the source of all rhythms. Afro-Caribbean Mixtape is a study of how those rhythms were dispersed by way of the Middle Passage throughout Cuba, Haiti, and Puerto Rico, then funneled through the mouthpiece of New Orleans to North America and the rest of the world.”

Payton was born into a musical family in New Orleans. He showed talent for music at a very early age. He received his first trumpet at age four and by age nine was sitting in with local bands, including the Young Tuxedo Brass Band. By the age of 12, he was a member of the All Star Brass Band, performing and touring extensively. As he developed and studied, Payton successfully learned how to play several instruments. In addition to being an accomplished trumpeter, he now plays piano, bass, drums, tuba, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, and others. During his high school years, Payton attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts to study with Clyde Kerr Jr. After graduation, he attended the University of New Orleans, where he studied with Harold Battiste and Ellis Marsalis, among others.

When he was barely in his 20s, Payton
made his major-label recording debut on Verve Records as a band leader. Since then, he has recorded a multitude of albums, as well as performed worldwide with his own groups and as a special guest. At age 25, he won a Grammy Award for his collaboration with Doc Cheatham.

Payton has toured the world with Ray Brown and Elvin Jones, and lists significant collaborations with Trey Anastasio, Ray Charles, Daniel Lanois, Dr. John, Stanley Jordan, Roy Haynes, Joe Henderson, Zigaboo Modeliste, Marcus Roberts, Jill Scott, Clark Terry, Allen Toussaint, Chucho Valdés, Dr. Michael White, Nancy Wilson, and many more. He recently produced a brilliant tribute to Ella Fitzgerald for the gifted singer Jane Monheit. He is credited on more than 140 recordings as a composer, arranger, special guest, or sideman.

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