Payton with the Taylor Eigsti Trio
Nicholas Payton, trumpet; Taylor Eigsti, piano;
Reuben Rogers, bass; Eric Harland, drums
Tuesday, August 3, 8 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $32 general | $18 students
Trumpeter Nicholas Payton created a sensation in the jazz world
when he first earned national recognition at the forefront of the
straight-ahead jazz resurgence of the early 1990's. Barely
into his twenties when he made his first recording as a leader, Payton
was celebrated for his warm trumpet tone and his style, which encompassed "the
clarion tones and bluesy growls of Louis Armstrong and the fluidity
and fire of modern masters" (SF Chronicle). Since then, he has
revealed undiscovered sides of his musical personality and talent
in a wide variety of acclaimed projects, including a tribute to Louis
Armstrong, a program of compositions by Herbie Hancock, a Grammy-winning
duet album with jazz trumpet pioneer Doc Cheatham, an album of funky
electronic fusion, and many more.
Payton's 2008 album Into the Blue focuses on musical fundamentals,
with tremendous results. Powerful melodies, danceable tempos, and
uncluttered elegance characterize the album's ten selections,
which showcase Payton's lyrical improvisations, gorgeous tone,
and superb writing with a "rewardingly informal vibe" (New
Nicholas Payton – "Drucilla"
Nicholas Payton – "Chinatown"
Payton - The Power of Music
Nicholas Payton - "The Backward Step" - 2008 North Sea Jazz Festival
Nicholas Payton & Airmen of Note - "Struttin' With Some Barbeque," 2008
Supported by the Ongkeko/del Calvo Family.
Photo Credit: Scott Chernis.