As bold and controversial as Miles opening for the Grateful Dead, Nicholas Payton blows his trumpet for the hip-hop generation with Sonic Trance, his seventh album and first for Warner Bros. Having risen to the top ranks of jazz trumpet, the not-yet 30 Payton explodes all limits about genres and all expectations about audiences. An unforgettable aural experience spanning dancehall to Dixieland, hip-hop to jazz, with electric keyboards, upright bass and a mystical bag of special effects, Payton concocts a mind-altering substance that is music sublime.
· HISTORY: The New-Orleans born Payton has performed and recorded with some of the most respected giants of jazz, including Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Smith and Elvin Jones, who appointed him musical director of his renowned jazz machine at age 19. He launched his recording career as a leader on Verve with 1995’s From This Moment. The follow-up, 1996’s Gumbo Nouveau, inaugurated a quintet he led for six years. That year he also portrayed legendary trumpeter Oran ‘Hot Lips’ Page in Robert Altman’s film Kansas City. His most recent album was a centennial tribute to Louis Armstrong, 2001’s Dear Louis.· AWARDS: In 1997, a 24-year-old Payton earned a Best Jazz Solo Performance Grammy for ‘Stardust’ on the collaboration album Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton.