Cecil Payne

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Cecil Payne
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Cecil Payne at the Kitano Hotel Jazz Club, NYC on June 11, 2005
Background information
Birth name Cecil Payne
Born (1922-12-14)December 14, 1922
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died November 27, 2007(2007-11-27) (aged 84)
Genres Bop
Hard bop
Occupation(s) Saxophonist
Flautist
Instruments Baritone saxophone
Alto saxophone
Flute
Labels Delmark Records
Associated acts Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston

Cecil Payne (December 14, 1922 – November 27, 2007) was a jazz baritone saxophonist born in Brooklyn, NY. Payne also played the alto saxophone and flute. He played with other prominent jazz musicians, in particular Dizzy Gillespie and Randy Weston, in addition to his solo work as bandleader.

Biography[edit]

Payne received his first saxophone at the age of 13, asking his father for one after hearing "Honeysuckle Rose (song)|Honeysuckle Rose]]" by Count Basie, performed by Lester Young. Payne took lessons from a local alto sax player, Pete Brown. He studied at Boys High School, Bedford-Stuyvesant.[1]

Payne began his professional recording career with J. J. Johnson on the Savoy label in 1946. During that year he also began playing with Roy Eldridge, through whom he met Dizzy Gillespie. His earlier recordings would largely fall under the swing category, until Gillespie hired him. Payne stayed onboard until 1949, heard performing solos on "Ow!" and "Stay On It". In the early 1950s he found himself working with Tadd Dameron, and worked with Illinois Jacquet from 1952 to 1954. He then started freelance work in New York and frequently performed during this period with Randy Weston, whom Payne worked with until 1960.[2] Payne was still recording regularly for Delmark Records in the 1990s, when he was in his seventies, and indeed on into the new millennium.

Payne was a cousin of trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, whom he recorded with briefly.[3] Aside from his career in music Payne helped run his father's real estate company during the 1950s.[4] Payne once said that his parents urged him to consider dentistry as a career. He countered their suggestion by pointing out that no one would ever entrust his or her teeth to a "Dr. Payne."[5]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Patterns of Jazz (Savoy, 1957)
  • Performing Charlie Parker Music (1961) (Collectables)
  • Zodiac (Strata-East Records) (1973)
  • Bird Gets The Worm (Muse) (1976)
  • Bright Moments (1979)(Spotlight) SPJLP21
  • Cerupa (1993) (Delmark-478)
  • Scotch and Milk (1997) (Delmark DE-494)
  • Payne's Window (1999) (Delmark DE-509)
  • The Brooklyn Four Plus One (1999) (Progressive)
  • Chic Boom: Live at the Jazz Showcase (2001) (Delmark DE-529) with tenor player Eric Alexander.

As sideman[edit]

With Gene Ammons

  • Sock! (Prestige, 1955 [1965])

With Kenny Burrell

With John Coltrane

With Tadd Dameron

With Kenny Dorham

With Matthew Gee

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Benny Golson

With Gigi Gryce

With Johnny Hammond

With Ernie Henry

With Illinois Jacquet

With J. J. Johnson

  • Jazz Quintets (Savoy, 1947–49)

With Duke Jordan

  • Trio/Quartet (Savoy, 1955)

With Archie Shepp

With Sonny Stitt

With Clark Terry:

With Randy Weston

With Ernie Wilkins

  • Septet (Savoy, 1955)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Randy Weston and Willard Jenkins, "African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston," Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2010, 25.
  2. ^ Gitler, Ira (2001). The Masters of Bebop: A Listener's Guide. Da Capo Press. pp. 40, 41. ISBN 0-306-81009-3. 
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott (2001). Trumpet Kings: The Players Who Shaped the Sound. Backbeat Books. p. 49. ISBN 0-87930-608-4. 
  4. ^ "Ibid"; Gitler, Ira
  5. ^ Cecil Payne at the Up Over Jazz Cafe, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2000.