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Dexter Payne has performed from Tijuana to Paris, from Montreal to Buenos Aires, and everywhere in between. Highly ranked as a clarinetist in Downbeat Magazine’s Readers Poll (2004 & ’06) and 2011 International Blues Challenge winner, Payne is equally at home playing chorinho, baião and samba found in Brazil as he is playing jazz and blues

Beginning in the mid 90s when he went on a 2 1/2 yr walk-about, playing with bands and artists from Tijuana to Buenos Aires. During this time Dexter visited Brazil for 10 months, where he recorded with Beth Carvalho, a popular figure in the samba world and then met the late Thiago de Mello, a talented composer/percussionist who in a previous life had been a soccer coach for a top division soccer club in Brazil.

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