Thursday, February 22, 2018

Dexter Payne's release concert of "Jazz For All"

Tomorrow, February 23 @ Dazzle Jazz  
930 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO, 80203
7:00 PM
$10.00 - $15.00

Dexter Payne - clarinet
Bill Kopper - guitar
Dave Willey - accordian
Victor Mestas - piano
Raoul Rossiter - drums & percussion

Brazilian music is enjoying well deserved popularity. Everyone loves infectious rhythm and melodic joie de vivre, especially with the addition of jazz solos. DPQ adds another layer - it's the conversation. Spontaneously interactive, contrapuntal give and take is a traditional element of Brazilian music, and that's what this group lives for.

Dexter Payne Quintet returns on the heels of a studio date for their 2017 Pathways to Jazz funded CD. The group's first recording, Pra Voce, won a 4 star review in DownBeat Magazine, where Payne was previously honored by inclusion in the DB Readers Poll.

Brazilian choro jazz from a well traveled student of the genre and an all-star line up:
Payne on clarinet, Dave Willey (Hamster Theatre, Thinking Plague) on accordion, Bill Kopper (UCD faculty, Guinga, Brad Goode) on 7  & 6 string guitars, Victor Mestas (CU faculty, Conjunto Colores, Latin Grammy winner) on piano, Raoul Rossiter (Ginga, Hamster Theatre) on drums and percussion.

If you have heard the Quintet on KUVO or in their short set at Five Points Jazz Festival, you'll want more. Join the party Thursday night for a great musical conversation.

- "Pra Você is a delight from start to finish. The sound of Payne's group... is light and unique.... quite joyful..." – Scott Yanow DownBeat October '14 ★★★★ (4 stars)

- "It's like a fever when you start listening to this album — the way summer gets in the brain." -Erika Frederickson (Missoula Independent) 3/27/14

- "The best of the best was the Dexter Payne Sextet. Their Brazilian jazz blew me away." - Letter to the editor Longmont Times-Call
Ranked on clarinet in Downbeat Magazine Readers Polls and International Blues Challenge winner, Payne finds musical love in many genres. A 2 1/2 yr musical odyssey through Latin America, including most of a year in Brazil, was formative for Payne's love of Brazilian music - playing with sambistas Noite Illustrada and Noca da Portela, recording with samba icon Beth Carvalho, and the beginning of a 10yr collaboration with the late maestro, composer and multi-instrumentalist Gaudencio Thiago de Mello. Add in years playing music of Africa, Turkey, Greece, Morocco, plus his recent trip to Choro Jazz Fest and music camp in Ceara, and music festival in Florianopolis and you have the voice of Dexter's clarinet.

Self taught in classical, blues, jazz and Brazilian guitar, he is the first call for studio work. Notable addition to University of Colorado faculty, his dynamic and harmonic sense is hard to match.

Veteran of Hamster Theatre, Ligeia Mare, the heartbeat of Guinga, Raoul sets the standard for rhythmic complexity and balance.

Phenomenal improvisor and composer, Willey founded Hamster Theatre (Cuneiform Records) and writes most of their material, tours in Europe with Thinking Plague, records and produces
an eclectic range of other artists including Three Mice. Most recent release is his highly acclaimed new recording of Ligeia Mare with Ron Miles: "Amplifier."

Highly respected in his native Caracas, Victor has extensive recording credits there. Renowned in Venezuela where he played on a Latin Grammy recording, his musicianship is an inspiration to all. Fast becoming known in the front range for virtuosity and joyous musicality.

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