January 30, 2013

Grammy-winning Artist Nicholas Payton Releases New Album #BAM Live at Bohemian Caverns on February 26 on BMF Records™    Get Yours Here
Nicholas Payton Launches His Own Imprint BMF Records™

A Blog Post Launches A Movement

The evolution of Grammy-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton continues on February 26 with the release of Nicholas Payton XXX #BAM Live at Bohemian Caverns on BMF Records.

Recorded at the historic Washington, D.C. club, Bohemian Caverns, on November 3, 2012, the album captures Payton’s now legendary prowess on the trumpet – while simultaneously playing the Fender Rhodes piano.  Featuring Vicente Archer on bass and Lenny White on drums, the Nicholas Payton XXX band’s burning set includes compositions by Payton (The Backward Step, The African Tinge), the classic traditional “Frankie And Johnny,” and Miles Davis (Drad Dog), Lenny White & Mike Clark (Catlett Out Of The Bag), and Thelonious Monk (Pannonica).

An accomplished multi-instrumentalist (in addition to the trumpet, piano, and keyboards, Nicholas plays bass, drums, tuba, trombone, clarinet and saxophone, etc.), Nicholas Payton adds another dimension to his musical achievement with the launch of his own imprint, BMF Records.

After years on major labels, Payton is bypassing the traditional label system for BMF Records.  BMF Records is a natural extension of Nicholas Payton’s musical journey, following the release of last year’s studio set, Bitches.  The 15-song, original vocal and R&B album laid the groundwork for the revolutionary, yet evident, idea that that music of the Black American diaspora are more similar than dissimilar.  Black American Music, coined by Nicholas Payton, describes his and all music descending from the Black American experience, including spirituals, gospel, soul, blues, and R&B.  Black American Music was created by Black people, but it belongs to everyone.

Nicholas Payton is the founder of the growing Black American Music awareness movement (#BAM).  The genesis of #BAM is the public’s reaction to ‘On Why Jazz Isn’t Cool Anymore’ and subsequent ingenious posts published on his blog ( in November 27, 2011.

#BAM is the synthesis of Payton’s entire collective musical history – a prodigious talent who began playing professionally at age nine, made his major label debut at 21, won his Grammy at 24, wrote a full symphony orchestra and is credited on over 120 recordings as a composer, arranger and/or special guest.  An all-around musician, Nicholas Payton is widely considered one of the greatest artists of our time.  His unmistakable musical genius is on wide display on #BAM Live at Bohemian Caverns.

Payton’s “clarion trumpet, as well as his genre-defying solos, stood at the center of the music     making…No descriptive label or category could be affixed to Payton’s solos, which were as brashly     original as they were technically imposing.” – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune (December 1, 2012)

Stay tuned for more information on the album and tour dates.

Nicholas Payton Tour Dates: (additional dates to follow)
2/21 – 2/22: Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s
3/1 – 3/3: New York, NY – Iridium
3/4 – 3/8: Los Angeles, CA – Monk Institute
3/13 – 3/14: Paris, France – Ducs des Lombards
3/16: Unterfhart, Germany
3/17: Stockholm, Sweden – Fasching Club
3/18: Gotenberg, Sweden – Gotenberg Concert Hall
3/22: San Juan, Puerto Rico – Heineken Jazz Festival
3/28 – 3/31: New York, NY – Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
4/2: State College, PA – Penn State
4/4 – 4/5: Raleigh, NC – North Carolina State University
4/6: High Point, NC – High Point Theatre
4/10: New York, NY – NY State Theatre
4/16: Pittsburgh, PA – Cabaret at Theatre Square
4/18: Albany, NY – Massry Center, College of St. Rose
4/19: Boston, MA – Celebrity Series
4/20: Corning, NY – The Corning Museum  of Glass Auditorium
4/24: Hampton, VA – American Theater
4/26: College Park, MD – Clarice Smith Center
4/27: Gainesville, FL – University of Florida
5/3: New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz Festival
5/29 – 5/30: Basel, Switzerland – Stadt Casino with Basel Symphony

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For more information on Nicholas Payton, please contact Jane Chun ( at (845) 679-2730 ext. 102 or (917) 414-3156.