Sunday, August 31, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Nicholas Payton
Song:The Peanut Vendor
Trumpeter Nicholas Payton is one of today's top jazz musicians. This 2001 CD is his tribute to Louis Armstrong. He was born Sept. 26, 1973 in New Orleans. His father Walter Payton taught music and played bass in the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. By age nine, Nicholas was playing trumpet in his dad's Young Tuxedo Brass Band and continued to perform through his teens. He attended the University Of New Orleans and studied with legendary pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis and was encouraged by his trumpeter son Wynton Marsalis. Payton left school to tour with drummer Elvin Jones and remained for two years. He signed with Verve and released his debut From This Moment in 1992. He also performed in the Robert Altman film Kansas City. Payton was commissioned to do a tribute to Louis Armstrong and this CD has a 14 piece jazz orchestra. His dad plays bass and other key musicians include Tim Warfield on flute & sax, Ray Vega on trumpet, Anthony Wonsey on piano and Bob Stewart on tuba. Vocalists Dr. John & Dianne Reeves also guest star. Dear Louis has been Nicholas Payton's best selling CD to date. It isn't just a tribute but a contemporary interpretation of Louis Armstrong's music. Payton moved to Warner Bros. and the 2003 CD Sonic Trance was more influenced by 70s fusion music. He suffered some injuries in a car accident and was off for a while but returned in 2005 as part of the SF Jazz Collective with sax player Joshua Redman & vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. Payton's latest CD Into The Blue was released on Nonesuch Records in April. Here's Nicholas Payton performing Bags Groove at the Ray Brown 75th Birthday Concert in Bern 2001.