Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nicholas Payton live tonight at Koerner Hall in Toronto

Tonight I am going to Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music. As part of their series of Oscar Peterson tribute concerts, they're having a New Orleans night with trumpeter Nicholas Payton, New Orleans music legend Allan Toussaint and The Joe Krown Trio. Nicholas Payton is well versed in the traditions of New Orleans jazz. He was born Sept. 26, 1973 and his father was bassist Walter Payton. In fact, his dad just died on Oct. 28. He took up the trumpet at age four and accompanied his dad to gigs. He performed at a very young age. He was taught by legendary teacher Ellis Marsalis when he attended the University Of New Orleans. While still in school, he got the opportunity to tour with legendary drummer Elvin Jones and he toured with him for two years. He played with other bands and first recorded as a leader in 1992. He also performed on the soundtrack of the film Kansas City and he won a Grammy for his CD with legendary trumpeter Doc Cheatham. He started out recording for Verve and moved to Warner Bros. in 2003. He took some time off after suffering injuries in a car accident. His latest CD Into The Blue was released on Nonesuch in 2008. But he also recorded and toured with the Blue Note 7. This group was formed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records. I will be there tonight and will review the concert tomorrow. Here's Nicholas Payton performing Bag's Groove.

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