|Tags:||jazz strata-east bebop baritone sax|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Cecil McKenzie Payne, 14 December 1922, New York City, New York, USA, d. 27 November 2007, Camden, New Jersey, USA. After first learning guitar, alto saxophone and clarinet, Payne took up the baritone saxophone. In 1946, a year in which he played and recorded with J.J. Johnson and Roy Eldridge, he joined Dizzy Gillespies big band for a three-year stint. Leaving Gillespie in 1949 he joined Tadd Damerons band, following this with appearances with James Moody and Illinois Jacquet. In the mid-50s he played with Randy Weston, John Coltrane and Duke Jordan. During the 60s he was with Machito, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, Count Basie and Gillespie again. In the 70s he worked again for Basie and also formed a double-act with his vocalist sister, Cavril. In the 80s he played in a trio with Bill Hardman and led by Richard Wyands, and recorded regularly as a leader into the new millennium.
An accomplished player with a special affinity for...