A lifelong son of New Orleans, Payton is well aware of the shadow of Louis Armstrong. His homage to Satchmo comes not only in his choice of instruments, but in last year’s celebrated Louis Armstrong Centennial tour.
Yet Payton’s homage goes beyond imitation. He reinterprets Armstrong’s work through elegant reharmonization, and rearrangement, including parts for bass-tuba, conga, djembe, agogo bells, and cuica.
Payton has an enormous musical vocabulary. When he's not torching hard bop or playing lyrical traditional jazz, Nicholas Payton likes to make it funky. From his guest appearance on legendary B-3 Hammond organ man Jimmy Smith's 1995 album, Damn!, to his cover of the Stylistics' "People Make the World Go Round" on his top-selling 1997 CD, Payton's Place, Payton's no stranger to the smooth and slinky grooves of '60s and '70s-inspired soul. His Cheney Hall performance will be one of the first regional appearances (after the Newport Jazz Festival) of his quintet "The Soul Patrol". Under this configuration, his strong and vibrant traditional jazz style finds a new groove, and reaches out to a new audience. The Soul Patrol line up currently consists of sax great Tim Warfield, Adonis Rose on drums, Guitarist Peter Bernstein and Hammond B-3 organist Larry Goldings.
The performance will be held on Saturday, November 23 at 8 pm. Tickets to Nicholas Payton and the Soul Patrol are available online at www.cheneyhall.org, or through the box office at 177 Hartford Road, Manchester CT, 06040, (860) 647-9824.