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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
    7-9pmAbove City O' City at The Deer Pile 206 East 13th Avenue Denver, CO 80203

    Playback Theatre West is an amazing collective of creative and insightful actors. Actor does not properly describe the depth these people bring - comedian, channel, psychologist and everything in between. They have the nerve to ask for your story, and then play it back to you, in a super high quality version of the international playback tradition. A couple times each year, Dexter Payne rotates into the musician chair, improvising soundtracks to your moving stories.  Buy tickets

  • Sat
    5:00 pmLongmont Theatre 513 MAIN STREET Longmont CO

    DPQ has been out of sight for a bit. Most recently hard at work making a new album at Mighty Fine Productions in Denver, thanks in part to a grant from Pathways to Jazz (Boulder County Arts Alliance). The CD won't be mixed and pressed for a few months, so this is your chance to see them play live. The historic Longmont Theater, home of Longmont Theatre Co., is a "new" venue in downtown Longmont! Don't miss the opportunity to hear Dexter, Bill Kopper, Victor Mestas, Dave Willey and Raoul Rossiter playing their favorite Brazilian music! Featuring tunes from Moacir Santos, Arismar do Espirito Santo, Alessandro Penezzi, Antonio Mello, among others. Tickets

  • Wed
    12-1pmBoulder Library, Canyon & 9th

    Midday break for quiet improvised music. You deserve it.

  • Fri
    7-10pmCaffe Solé S. Broadway, Boulder

    Dance, dine, wine. It's Greek and Turkish time. Arabic and Balkan, too.

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