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Trumpeter Nicholas Payton would like to redefine “Jazz”

Nicholas Payton came ripping up out of New Orleans in the early 1990s, trumpet blaring, almost immediately establishing himself as a major force on the contemporary jazz scene. Except that Nicholas Payton does not dig the term “jazz”, not at all, and he’s written quite a lot this year, on both his blog and Twitter, about why that is and what he means by that. Needless to say, Payton’s ideas have been just a bit controversial in the jazz world. (FULL ARTICLE: Bill Brownlee, Kansas City Star)