Nicholas Payton | Autumn 2013


The Los Angeles Times calls Nicholas Payton's recording of Sketches of Spain underrated and says the performance by Nicholas and band 'shines a new light' on the work's "knotty brilliance, particularly with the bewitching 'Solea'.

Did you know Nicholas recorded Sketches of Spain on the same night that he also performed his own work, The Black American Symphony? Read the in-depth interview at All About Jazz: Nicholas Payton: Sketches of Brilliance.

On November 15, Nicholas Payton appears on the Legends Series with Davell Crawford and hosted by The Little Gem Saloon in New Orleans, LA (445 S. Rampart Street). After an in depth artist talk conducted by Davell, Nicholas will appear with the Nicholas Payton XXX, featuring Vicente Archer on bass and Joe Dyson on drums (Shows at 8PM and 10PM).

Dave Sumner from on Nicholas Payton's new album Sketches of Spain:

"The best renditions are those that conjure up memories of the original while simultaneously wiping the memory clean of what the original ever sounded like in the first place… an act of creating something viewed on its own merits, and an accomplishment Payton achieves on this excellent recording. A multi-faceted production that often sounds BIG, but also possesses a haunting remoteness that, for the life of me, had me remindful of the almost gentle ferocity of John Coltrane’s Africa/Brass."


Nicholas Payton finally returns from his successful European tour. Big thanks to the #BAM fans that came out to see the XXX in Paris, Milan, Toulouse and all the other great cities we visited. Couldn't make it? Check out Vincent Lebrun's super photos of the band and download the complete unedited last gig of the XXX’s European fall tour for FREE right here: Too Loose in Toulouse


Nicholas Payton's new album Sketches of Spain is now available (September 24, 2013), recorded live with Symphony Basel. Check out the cover art –by Black American Master Artist, Alan Stringfellow– by clicking this link. Download the official press release here: Sketches of Spain. Or go straight to iTunes or CD Baby and buy the album now.

Nicholas Payton XXX with Vicente Archer and Corey Fonville bringin' the swingin' to Scullers September 12. One show only at 8PM.