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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
    7:00 pmBroomfield Auditorium 3 Community Park Road Broomfield, CO 80020

    Creative Broomfield presents :

    Norma Johnson is a healer, poet and performer who brings inspired awareness to insights on race and human rights. Norma’s poems are used by educators across the country to arouse consciousness about how race, privilege and class affect our daily lives. Norma’s powerful and poignant collection of “Poems for My White Friends” stirs hearts and minds and opens space for inquiry, reflection and dialogue about the inevitable role race plays in our society and in our lives every day. Clarinetist Dexter Payne  is overjoyed to co-create art in service of human growth and awareness.

  • Sat
    7-10pmCaffe Solé (637 S. Broadway St. Boulder, CO. 80305)

    Sherefe  shows up in Boulder in full force. Dont miss the chance! Dine, dance and lose yourself in the rich culture of Greek, Turkish, Middle East and Balkan music this talented and dedicated group presents. Feeding your heart and soul is important, and Sherefe is made to order. RSVP

  • Wed
    12-1pmBoulder Library Canyon & 9th

    Your chance to relax and nurture self in a loving musical environment. Improvised monthly by an intrepid group which includes Jesse Manno, James Hoskins, Victor Mestas, Brett Bowen, Michael Stanwood, Jenna Woods, Dexter Payne and sometimes Tom Weiser. This group has been improvising contemplative music together for several years and they deftly ease fellow travelers out of mind-jarring daily life into a healing landscape of  musical imagination.

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