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Primary Instrument: Sax, baritone

Born: December 14, 1922 | Died: November 27, 2007

Cecil Payne (born December 14, 1922) is a jazz baritone saxophonist born in Brooklyn, NY. Payne can also play the alto saxophone and flute. He has played with other jazz greats, such as Illinois Jacquet, Machito, Woody Herman, Randy Weston, Duke Jordan, Wynton Kelly, Kenny Dorham, Harold Mabern and Count Basie, in addition to his solo work as bandleader.

Payne received his first saxophone at age 13, asking his father for one after hearing Honeysuckle Rose by Count Basie, performed by Lester Young. Payne took lessons from a local alto sax player, Pete Brown.

Payne began his professional recording career with J.J...
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Featured recording “Chic Boom, Live At The Jazz Showcase”

Chic Boom, Live At The Jazz Showcase

Delmark Records
2001
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    Chic Boom

    Delmark Records
    2001
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    Chic Boom, Live At The Jazz Showcase

    Delmark Records
    2001
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    Payne's Window

    Delmark Records
    1999
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    Performing Charlie Parker Music

    Collectables
    1998
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    Bright Moments

    FMP
    1980
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    Movie Jazz

    FMP
    1975
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    Brooklyn Brothers

    FMP
    1973
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