[JPL] Come celebrate the Life and Times of Cecil Payne Sunday, January 20, 2008 from 6-8:30 pm Saint Peter ¹ s Church
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Cecil Payne Dec. 14 1922 - Nov. 27 2007
Come celebrate the Life and Times of Cecil Payne
Sunday, January 20, 2008 from 6-8:30 pm
Saint Peter¹s Church
619 Lexington Ave @ 54th St., NYC
Featuring Randy Weston, Howard Johnson¹s Bear-Tones, Ronnie Cuber,
Marcus Belgrave, and a 20 piece baritone sax orchestra and more.
Earlier in the day, the church is doing the Blessing for the Musicians that
will roll into the Memorial for Cecil at 6:00 PM or so -
Born in Brooklyn, Cecil Payne proved one of the bebop era´s strongest
baritone saxophonists; nonetheless, he has always worked in undeserved
obscurity. After leaving the military service in 1946, Payne cast aside the
guitar, alto, and clarinet to pick up the bari for a brief stint with Roy
Eldridge´s Big Band. Payne soon joined the most progressive big band of the
era, Dizzy Gillespie´s, where he made his reputation as a fluid player on a
sometimes cumbersome instrument and played on the orchestra´s groundbreaking
recordings, including Cubano-Be/Cubano-Bop.
Payne later freelanced in NYC with Tadd Dameron and Coleman Hawkins
(´49-´52), later working with Illinois Jacquet (´52-´54). Payne had remained
highly active during the decades since; even though his eyesight had begun
to fail him, his songful sax, flowing lines and warm tone remained fully
intact well into his 80's. He was a childhood friend of Randy Weston's and
they remained very close to this day. His friend Art Bailey was a major
influence in his musical come back and his life in the Greater Philadelphia
area. After the age of 80, he got gigs in NYC where he performed with Harold
Mabern, John and Joe Farnsworth, Eric Alexander, Joe Rotundi, John Weber and
others, mostly at Smoke and the Kitano Hotel on Park Avenue. He was survived
by his sister Carvil Payne, his niece Nia Mathis and his cousin Marcus
Last year Cecil said, "I want to go home." He said he was tired and ready.
He said, "It's time to go." On November 27th, he got to do just that. He
passed at 6:30 AM, and he did not die alone. The sun came up that morning
and Cecil rose with it.
"Love and Bebop," Cecil Payne ...
The family has asked if you wish to make a donation, please do so in the
name of the Jazz Foundation of America, so they can continue to take care of
jazz and blues musicians in crisis, and help them to live again, knowing
they are not forgotten.
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