2010 Festival At A Glance
June 16   An Evening with Dick Hyman
June 25   A Night of Brazilian Jazz!
Luciana Souza/Romero Lubambo; plus Alegritude
June 26   A History of African Rhythms & Jazz
June 26   Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio
June 27   Freddy Cole Quartet
July 2   The Music of Billy Strayhorn
July 3   Early Bird Jazz for Kids: Jim Nadel & Friends
July 3   Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
July 9   Fred Hersch: Jobim and More
July 10   Early Bird Latin Jazz for Kids: John Santos Sextet
July 10   Tuck & Patti
July 11   Ella Fitzgerald: America's First Lady of Song
July 16   Mose Allison Trio
July 17   Claudia Villela Band
July 18   John Santos Sextet
July 19   Khalil Shaheed & the Mo'Rockin Project
July 20   Gerald Clayton Trio
July 21   Kristen Strom Quintet
July 22   The Music of Dave Brubeck Presented by Victor Lin
July 24   Giants of Jazz: Charles McPherson, Junior Mance & Tootie Heath
July 25   Ruth Davies' Blues Night with Special Guest Keb' Mo'
July 26   Dena DeRose Trio
July 27   Junior Mance Trio
July 28   100 Years of Django with Julian Lage, Victor Lin & Jorge Roeder
July 29   Visions: The Stevie Wonder Songbook
July 31   Rebecca Martin featuring Larry Grenadier, Steve Cardenas & Larry Goldings
Aug 1   Dave Douglas Quintet Plus
Aug 2   George Cables Trio
Aug 3   Nicholas Payton with the Taylor Eigsti Trio
Aug 4   Joshua Redman Trio
Aug 6   SJW All-Star Jam Session
Aug 7   Taylor Eigsti Group featuring Becca Stevens
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Nicholas Payton with the Taylor Eigsti Trio

Nicholas 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

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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 York Times).


Nicholas Payton – "Triptych"

Nicholas Payton – "Drucilla"

Nicholas Payton – "Chinatown"


Nicholas 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.





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