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Clarinetist Dexter Payne has performed from Tijuana to Paris, from Montreal to Buenos Aires. Highly ranked in Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll (2004 & ’06) and 2011 International Blues Challenge winner, Payne is equally at home playing Brazilian choro jazz (modern instrumental spectrum of musica brasileira – choro, samba & nordestina) as he is playing jazz and blues. And yes, you may also find him on the business end of an alto or bari sax, or even blues harp!

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 samba icon Beth Carvalho, and where met the late Gaudencio Thiago de Mello, composer/percussionist who in early life had coached soccer legend Garincha, with a championship Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro team. It was there he recorded his first instrumental album as lead solo voice, with Thiago and composer guitarist, Antonio Mello.

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Upcoming Shows

  • Thu
    6-9pmThe Plaza Conference Center - 1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont, CO 80501

    The 28th Boulder County Community Action Programs Multicultural Awards Banquet is an event that brings people together by honoring ethnically diverse people who have made significant contributions in their Boulder County communities in the areas of art, business, community service, education, government, health, partners (people advocating for people of color), science and technology, and youth. Proceeds from last year's banquet allowed Community Action to give $10,000 in scholarships to students with low-income.

    This year’s Keynote/Storyteller is Norma Johnson. Norma is a facilitator that brings her thirty plus years as spiritual healer, poet/writer, performing artist, speaker and consultant to the quest for social justice. Her unique presentation form inspires awareness and connection bridging community dialogues and relationships. Her poetry about race is being used enthusiastically by educators across the country to arouse insightful consciousness and discussion about race, privilege, and class.

    Norma is honored and jazzed to be currently collaborating with masterful musician, Dexter Payne to blend the creative juice of spoken word and music, bringing innovative artistry to the voice of social justice.

    RSVP HERE or contact Sheila Goetz at sgoetz@bouldercounty.org / 303.441.3976.

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