Walter Payton (musician)

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Walter Payton in 2008.

Walter Payton, Jr. (August 23, 1942 – October 28, 2010)[1] was an American jazz bassist and sousaphonist.

Payton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.[1] He played with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band,[2] the French Market Jazz Hall Band[3] and the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, and led his own group called the Snap Bean Band. His recording credits include Lee Dorsey's "Working in the Coal Mine",[2] and Payton variously worked with Aaron Neville, Harry Connick Jr., Champion Jack Dupree and Chuck Carbo.[1] Peyton appeared on SNL (Walter Payton/Walter Payton)

Payton died in his hometown of New Orleans, after an illness, aged 68.[1] He was the father of jazz trumpet player Nicholas Payton.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e - accessed October 2010
  2. ^ a b Spera, Keith (2010-10-28). "Walter Payton, longtime New Orleans jazz bassist and educator, dies at 68". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  3. ^ A Buggy Full of Jazz, French Market Jazz Hall Band, Shalom Records (650), New Orleans