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Nicholas Payton and Sonic Trance to Perform at Moravian

Bethlehem, Pa., January 21, 2005– Jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton and his newly formed ensemble, Sonic Trance, will perform in concert on Friday, February 18, at 8 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall, Moravian College.

The group will perform selections from the Grammy-nominated “Sonic Trance” (Warner Brothers, 2003), Payton’s seventh album to date which includes among its influences a wide variety of musical styles such as: modern electric jazz; world music; ragtime; mariachi music; and a heavy dose of hip-hop. The album offers a selection of musical tastes and textures arranged loosely around a common theme—the “sonic trance,” a dreamlike state of being that the listener passively allows becoming a musical meditation. Payton will be accompanied by Adonis Rose, drums; Tim Warfield, saxophone; Scott Kinsey, piano; Vicente Archer, bass; and Daniel Sadownick, percussion.

Payton began trumpet lessons at the age of four. He played semi-professionally during his teen years while attending the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and the University of New Orleans. Throughout his distinguished musical career, he has played with jazz masters such as Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, and Elvin Jones.

Payton has toured with renowned musicians and groups, including Marcus Roberts and the Jazz Futures II, and performed on the “Rising Stars” jazz circuit in Europe in 1996. He has performed for the "Jazz at the Lincoln Centre" program. A live recording of “Stardust” Payton made with late trumpet legend, Doc Cheatham, won the1997 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.

The Grammy-nominated “Sonic Trance” (Warner Brothers, 2003) is Payton’s seventh album to date and includes among its influences a wide variety of musical styles such as: modern electric jazz; world music; ragtime; mariachi music; and a heavy dose of hip-hop. The album offers a selection of musical tastes and textures arranged loosely around a common theme—the “sonic trance,” a dreamlike state of being that the listener passively allows becoming a musical meditation.

Foy Concert Hall is located on Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Church and Main Streets, Bethlehem. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 senior citizens, and $10 students and children 12 and under. For more information, please contact the Moravian College music department at 610-861-1650 or email music@moravian.edu.

The concert by Nicholas Payton is sponsored in part by: MCS Industries, Inc., Richard Master, President, Moravian College Office of Institutional Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.