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Dexter Payne has performed from Tijuana to Paris, from Montreal to Buenos Aires. 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 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.

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Upcoming Shows

  • Fri
    6-8pmCaritas Center Open House, 5723 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303 (303) 449-3066

    Dexter Payne and Victor Mestas in duet at Open House event for a very worthy local healing and education center. www.caritascenter.org

  • Mon
    7-11pmNocturne Jazz Club, 1330 27th Street Denver, CO 80205, 970.331.1551

    First appearance in Denver outside of Dazzle and City Park Jazz, this is Denver's opportunity to hear great instrumental Brazilian jazz! Way beyond bossa nova, this group has mined the roots of modern Brazilian sound. Currently called "choro jazz" in Brazil, the music emerged simultaneous with New Orleans jazz, flourished and is now heard as samba & bossa. The Quintet, like their Brazilian counterparts, invokes just enough compelling "forró" and the listening/dance party is started.

    Dexter Payne with Dave Willey, Bill Kopper, Victor Mestas, Raoul Rossiter - their CD "Pra Você" got 4 stars in Downbeat and is featured on KUVO.

    Who are these guys?
    Dexter Payne was voted a finalist in DownBeat Readers Poll twice. He and Bill Kopper recorded with Rene Marie. Bill has recorded with many jazz greats of Denver, including Brad Goode, and he, Raoul Rossiter and Victor Mestas were just at Nocturne and Dazzle with Ginga. Dave Willey played for a long stand at Dazzle with Julie Monley and he is the primary composer for Hamster Theatre (yes, Raoul is Hamster's drummer). Victor moved here from Caracas (where he recorded on a Latin Grammy CD) 3 years back and has taken CO by storm.

    If you have not heard this group, make this Monday date! And if you have... see you there!

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

    One hour of contemplative music, every month, whether you need it or not. Fresh improvisation, reflecting the pulse of the moment by Jesse Manno, James Hoskins, Tom Weiser, Michael Stanwood, Jenna Woods, Brett Bowen, Victor Mestas, Dexter Payne. Bring your self, and breathe.

  • Fri
    7:15pm lesson, 8-11pm danceAvalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder

    Colorado Friends of Old Time Musc and Dance with Julia Hays, Brian Mullins, Teri Rasmusson.

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