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Nicholas has performed at major concert halls and festivals around the world, such as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Disney Hall, Royce Hall, Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Apollo Theater, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Avery Fischer Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Madison Square Garden, Cite de la Musique (Paris), Brevard North Carolina Music Festival, Barbican Theater (London), Vienna State Opera House, Smetana Hall (Prague), among many others.

Television and Film credits include: Kansas City (Dir. Robert Altman); HBO Treme Season 2 and Season 3 (‘Concentric Circles’ & ‘Lil’ Dukes Strut’: Featured music); Icons Among Us Documentary; The Grammy Awards; The Tonight Show; The Tonight Show Brazil; and EBS TV, Korea.

Nicholas Payton is also a founding Member of the San Francisco Jazz Collective (2004 – 2006) and The Blue Note 7, a septet formed in honor of the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records. The group recorded an album in 2008, entitled Mosaic, which was released on Blue Note Records/EMI, and toured the United States from January until April 2009.

Currently, Nicholas Payton a Distinguished Artist and Visiting Lecturer at Tulane University for the 2011 – 2012 academic year and have been invited to return for the 2012-2013 academic year.  He has also taught master classes, clinics, and workshops at over 40 institutions, including Berkelee College of Music, Connecticut Forum (with Beverly Sills, Bobby Weir and Trey Anastasio), Cornell University, Institute of Superior Arts, Havana, Cuba, Loyola University, Northwestern University, Oberlin College & Conservatory, Skidmore College, Stanford University, Thelonious Monk Institute, et. al.

If it sounds like Nicholas Payton is a genius musician, a gifted composer and producer, a skilled astute writer and sometime social provocateur, and a shrewd businessman, he is all that, and more. His craft and artistry defy all restrictions leaving little that he cannot do and so it’s clear that Nicholas is rooted in more than just traditions.


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