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Nicholas Payton On Piano Jazz

This week's episode of Piano Jazz features music by Nicholas Payton
Gus Bennett, Jr.
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Trumpeter Nicholas Payton has been hailed as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. A native of New Orleans, Payton learned the art of improvisation from Wynton Marsalis and as a teen performed with the late trumpet master Clark Terry.

A young virtuoso, Payton was in his 20s when he sat down with McPartland for this 1998 Piano Jazz session. Bassist Ray Drummond joins Payton and McPartland for a trio set, including the standard "Four" and an original improvised tune, "Payton's Other Place Blues."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1998.


  • "Four" (Davis)
  • "Your Heart is Mine Alone" (Herzer, Lehar, Löhner-Bedar)
  • "Just One of Those Things" (Porter)
  • "These Foolish Things" (Link, Maschwitz, Stachey)
  • "The Island" (Bergman, Bergman, Lins)
  • "The Best Thing for You Is Me" (DeSylva, Brown, Henderson)
  • "With a Song in my Heart" (Hart, Rodgers)
  • "Payton's Other Place Blues" (Payton, McPartland, Drummon)
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