Cecil Payne

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Cecil Payne at the Kitano Hotel Jazz Club, NYC 2005

Cecil McKenzie Payne (* 14. December 1922 in Brooklyn , New York City ; † 27. November 2007 in Stradford , New Jersey ) was an American jazz - baritone saxophonist and flutist .

Live and act

Cecil Payne studied alto saxophone and clarinet with Pete Brown and began playing on the New York bebop scene in 1946 in the bands of Jay Jay Johnson and Roy Eldridge . He was strongly influenced by the music of Charlie Parker ; it was followed by work in Dizzy Gillespie's Cuban Big Band from 1946 to 1949 and the band of Illinois Jacquet from 1952 to 1954. For several years Payne only played in his free time, but in 1955 he played in Gigi Gryce 's nonet ( Nica's Tempo ) and attended Summer 1956 as a guest of Rolf Ericson's band Sweden. From 1956 he played with Randy Weston . From 1963 to 1966 he worked with Machito , then until 1968 with Woody Herman and from 1969 to 1971 with Count Basie . During this time he led an NDR jazz workshop . In the mid-1970s he played in a duo with his sister, singer Cavril Payne . In 1985 he performed at the Berlin Jazz Days . He can also be heard as an alto saxophonist with Jay Jay Johnson. On the baritone saxophone he made records with Cannonball Adderley , Kenny Burrell , Jimmy Cleveland , Tadd Dameron , Kenny Dorham , Matthew Gee , Anita O'Day , Bud Powell and Dinah Washington .

In addition to his main instruments, he also played guitar, clarinet and alto saxophone.

Dizzy Gillespie , John Lewis , Cecil Payne, and others. a., around 1947, photograph by William P. Gottlieb


As a leader

As a sideman

  • Jay Jay Johnson: Jazz Quintets (Savoy, 1947-49)
  • Tadd Dameron: Cool Boppin ' (Fresh Sound, 1949)
  • Dizzy Gillespie: Pleyel 48 (Vogue, 1948)
  • Duke Jordan: Duke Jordan Trio & Quintet (Savoy, 1955)
  • Ernie Wilkins: Septet (Savoy, 1955)
  • Randy Weston: Jazz A La Bohemia (OJC, 1956)
  • Kenny Burrell: Blue Moods (OJC, 1957)
  • John Coltrane: Dakar (OJC / Prestige, 1957)
  • Kenny Dorham: Blue Spring (OJC 1957)
  • Bud Powell: A Tribute To Cannonball Adderley (Columbia, 1961)


When Cecil Payne made a guest appearance with Fritz Pauer in Jazzland in 1980 , I apologized to him: "I have to go to the Konzerthaus - Brownie McGhee is playing there today ". Cecil cheered: "What! I recorded with Brownie 30 years ago - he won't be able to remember me .... !!!" In the concert hall I apologized to Brownie: "I can only stay one jump because Cecil Payne is a guest at my place in Jazzland." Brownie cheered: "What! I recorded with Cecil 30 years ago - he won't be able to remember me .... !!!" It goes without saying that the two then celebrated a turbulent and wet reunion. (Axel Melhardt - Jazzland)


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