Dexter Payne

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Primary Instrument: Clarinet

Born: July 5, 1951    

Clarinetist Dexter Payne's new release, “Prá Você” (Dexofon Records) is getting great airplay and good reviews: Huff Post, Downbeat Magazine, Offbeat Magazine,, and more! Live video of recording:

Payne chose the scenic route through the world of music. The scenic route always takes longer, destination-wise. Worthwhile? Payne is apparently convinced. “I moved to Montana for the winter and stayed 18 years.” He based there with his wife, the late Judy Roderick, and toured from coast to coast with her and with swing band, Big Sky Mudflaps, including repeat performances on NBC Today Show and Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion. (Roderick, who had signed to Columbia records at the age of 22, also recorded for Vanguard and ATCO, back in the day. See Payne's release of her original music on Dexofon Records, with featured guest Dr John) ...
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#8 in Downbeat Readers Poll 2004 & 2006 2011 International Blues Challenge winner with Lionel Young Band 2011 Missoula Jazz Hall of Fame 2012&2013 Colorado Blues Society Best horn player
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    Pra Vocé

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Pra Vocé

Dexofon Records (2014)

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Pra Você (Dexofon) Dexter Payne Quartet +1

“Pra Você is a delight from start to finish... nine selections that are filled with rich melodies....he is heard here at both his most creative and most melodic.” Scot Yanow (4 stars in Downbeat Magazine)

“Congratulations!” – Nelson Faria

Dexter Payne's Beautiful Brazilian Music CD has a Great Backstory ”...all you have to do is listen.” Sharon Glassman (Huffington Post) 6-2-14 (

“quietly brilliant… uniquely beautiful blend of Brazilian, jazz (especially New Orleans), African and other instrumental musical styles” Chris Slawecki (

“Pra Você is proof that Brazilian music can flourish in the most unlikely places… Quite the refreshing disc” – Tom McDermott (OffBeat Magazine)

“It’s like a fever when you start listening to this album — the way summer gets in the brain.” -Erika Frederickson (Missoula Independent)

ANOTHER FEELING review on AMG by Michael G...

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Primary InstrumentClarinet

LocationBoulder, CO

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundLimited schedule - contact for availability. Currently adjunct faculty at Naropa University, Boulder, CO

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