Nicholas Payton | Summer 2013


> New Band Alert! Nicholas Payton Action Affirmative debuts at Birdland, January 2014, with Aaron Parks, Vicente Archer, and Bill Stewart. Stay tuned for details.

From BMF Records: #BAM Live at Bohemian Caverns has been submitted for Grammy voting; and Sketches of Spain, recorded live with the Symphony Basel, is slated for release on September 24, 2013.

JUNE 2013

CHICAGO LOVES PAYTON! Read Howard Reich's Full Review Full here:,0,3691795.column

Following a Stellar Performance at Washington, DC, The Hamilton, NICHOLAS PAYTON XXX will be at Chicago's Famed Showcase June 20-23. CHICAGO MUSIC CITY!

Check Out The Photo Gallery of Summer Performance Highlights in Chicago including Payton, D'Angelo, Dylan, Pearl Jam, Moran, Timberlake and Jay Z, amongst others.,0,1531611.photogallery

Howard Reich writes on June 18, 2013:

By a wonderful fluke of programming, two of the greatest jazz trumpeters in the world – both New Orleanians – will converge on Chicago in the next two days.

Nicholas Payton, 39, was a Crescent City phenomenon when he was still a teenager, thereafter duetting brilliantly with a nonagenarian trumpet master on the great album "Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton" and serving for years as musical director for the volcanic drummer Elvin Jones. More recently, Payton has emerged as a searing commentator on jazz – or, as he calls it, Black American Music – and shattered multiple stylistic boundaries last year leading his Television Studio Orchestra at Symphony Center. He'll perform with bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Lenny White Thursday through Sunday at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct.; $30-$50; 312-360-0234 or