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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

  • Sun
    11am-1pmTagawa Garden Center, 7711 S. Parker Road Centennial, CO 80016

    Has become a Mother's Day tradition. It's a delightful way to celebrate the day - Nokuthula plays Shona music for plants (and the people who are buying them!)

  • 5-8pmOskar Blues 303 Main St, Lyons CO

    Johnny Long is in town... with a new CD on Delta Groove. The real blues.

  • Wed
    12-1pmBoulder Library, 9th & Canyon, Boulder, CO
  • Thu
    7:00 pm95a Bistro & Sushi, 1381 Forrest Park Cir, Lafayette CO
    "Dreamweaver Mixer, Dinner and Live Music"
    Please join us Thursday evening, May 12 at 7:00 at the 95a Bistro and Sushi at 1381 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette. We have the private room - can seat about 40 people. Please register in advance, instructions below.
    An evening of inspiration, conversation, food, spirits and live music: 
    Mixer - Let's catch up on each others lives with a mixer designed to "discover a dream waiting to be fulfilled and the inspiration to make it happen."
    Dinner - Choose from a limited menu or skip the meal and simply enjoy the gathering
    Music - Dexter Payne (clarinet) with Victor Mestas (keyboards)
    Dinner and drinks are a la carte.
    At the door: $10 for the music and company but, there is LIMITED SEATING!
    So, to RSVP:
    Email to debrasuecope@gmail.com and be prepared to Paypal $10 to same address. All proceeds to the musicians. Please include in the notes your first and last name (and your guest).
  • Sat
    2-3pmCervantes Ballroom 2637 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205

    Celebrating the long and rich musical heritage of Denver's historic Five Points neighborhood, Dexter Payne Quintet is proud to participate in this year's festival. Denver's greatest jazz - all free, all day!

  • Sun
    All dayUniv of WY, Laramie, WY

    All day workshops and concert.

  • Sun
    12-3pmMarket Plaza, Vail Village, CO

    DPQ returns to Vail Jazz. Always fun - if you are in the mountains, stop in Vail for some good tunes.

  • Wed
    7-10pmDazzle Jazz 903 Lincoln, Denver

    DPQ in a great Denver listening environment

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