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Payton in for Christmas Jazz

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Payton in for Christmas Jazz

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Trumpeter Nicholas Payton will be in Barbados for this year’s Sagicor Christmas Jazz which comes off this weekend at the Plantation Garden Theatre at 8 p.m.
Payton is hailed as a virtuoso before he was even out of high school and his maturation as a prodigious talent has earned him praise as one of the most important artists of our time.
He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, into a musical family. Encouraged by his mother, a pianist and vocalist, and his father the legendary bassist, composer and educator Walter Payton, this musician 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 12 he was a member of the All Star Brass Band that performed and toured extensively. As he grew up and studied, Payton successfully learned how to play several instruments. He is an accomplished pianist, bassist, drummer, and plays tuba, trombone, clarinet and saxophone. Payton attended the University of New Orleans where he studied with Ellis Marsalis.
Payton has toured extensively with scores of musicians.
He has recorded eight albums under his own name including Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton-a 1997 GRAMMY award-winning collaboration. (PR)