DePaul Jazz Workshop starring Nicholas Payton
Nicholas Payton, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and Grammy winning jazz trumpet master will perform with his band and DePaul’s Jazz Workshop at 8 p.m. Nov. 9.
Payton became a virtuoso before he was even out of high school. His talent and skill have earned him praise and accolades, as well as insured his place in musical history. Spanning a multitude of musical genres, Payton has composed and arranged, performed and recorded with his own groups in many settings, including solo, duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, 21-piece big band, as well as his 2012 full orchestral work, The Black American Symphony.
Payton is president of his own independent label, Paytone Records. The latest project is the Afro-Caribbean Mixtape where he seamlessly merges contemporary music, spoken word, African rhythms, and the voices of historical figures with a performance and execution that are unmatched.
Payton was born in New Orleans into a musical family. 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 the age of 12, he was a member of the All-Star Brass Band. As he grew up and studied, Payton learned how to play several instruments, including piano, bass, drums, tuba, trombone, clarinet and saxophone.
During his high school years, Payton attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts to study with Clyde Kerr Jr. and after graduation attended the University of New Orleans where he studied with Harold Battiste and Ellis Marsalis, among others. When he was barely in his 20s, Payton made his major-label recording debut as a band leader on Verve Records. Since then, he has recorded a multitude of albums, as well as performed worldwide with his own groups and as a special guest. In 1997, at age 25, Payton won a Grammy Award for his collaboration with Doc Cheatham.
Payton resides in his hometown of New Orleans where he maintains an active life touring, teaching and recording. He is also a prolific writer and historian and is the founder of the Black American Music movement. Read more about Nicholas Payton.
8 p.m. in the Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall