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Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: September 26, 1973

Since 1994 when Nicholas Payton made his recording debut as a leader with From This Moment, the trumpeter has been lauded as a significant, top-tier voice in jazz. Even though he started out as a “young lion of jazz,” heralded as one of the new-generation guardians of the hard bop flame, Payton consistently committed himself to discovering his voice outside of the strict confines of that rearview mirror approach to the music.

While his jazz journey has taken him down many roads”from heritage artist to electric experimenter”the 34-year-old trumpeter arrives at a new plateau of jazz maturity with Into the Blue, his ninth album and his first for Nonesuch . It’s at once a nod to the past and a leap into the future. “It’s an amalgam of every recording I’ve done up until now,” says Payton. “As a musician, as an artist, you’re always trying to zero in on the bull’s eye as a means of becoming a better version of yourself. With Into the Blue, I’ve been able to find the kind of music that’s more inclusive of all of my life. The approach and the ideas of my music have become more singular, more cohesive. I had no agenda in terms of a specific genre or style, only to be true to who I am now.”...
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Music

Featured recording “Sketches of Spain”

Sketches of Spain

Self Produced
2013
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    Bitches

    Not On Label (Nicholas Brooks Self-release)
    2011
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    Into The Blue

    Nonesuch Records
    2008
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    Mysterious Shorter

    Not On Label (Nicholas Brooks Self-release)
    2006
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    Live in New York 1.24.04

    Kufala Recordings
    2005
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    Sonic Trance

    Warner Bros.
    2003
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    Sonic Trance'd

    Not On Label (Nicholas Brooks Self-release)
    2003
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    Dear Louis

    Verve Music Group
    2001
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Date Event Ticket
Dec25 Nicholas Payton
Maple Leaf Bar
New Orleans, LA
Dec31 Nicholas Payton
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre
New Orleans, LA
Jan10 Nicholas Payton
Winterfest @ Minetta Lane Theatre
New York, NY
Jan23 Nicholas Payton
The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
Asheville, NC
Feb14 Nicholas Payton
San Francisco Jewish Community Center
San Francisco, CA
Feb16 Nicholas Payton Trio
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA
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Feb16 Nicholas Payton
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA

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