Dexter Payne Dexter Payne

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

Payne choses the scenic route through the world of music. The scenic route always takes longer, destination-wise. Worthwhile? Apparently he is 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, 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. (

His interests led him down the dirt road, from blues to swing, to African music (he toured in the US and performed with numerous African artists from 2000-2008, and became the Director of AfroPop Ensemble (Naropa University). Quite recently he recorded and continues to appear with Fara Tolno (Giunea).

Oh, and there was that little side trip to Brazil. In '95 he put his belongings in storage and headed for Mexico, saying, “I'll be back in a year or so…” Two and a half years later, his family begged him “Please come home for Christmas!” Payne flew home - from Buenos Aires.

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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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Limited schedule - contact for availability. Currently adjunct faculty at Naropa University, Boulder, CO




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