Video interview with Nicholas Payton on BAM 2/19/2012

Want to know why trumpeter Nicholas Payton is so convinced that the term JAZZ is completely outmoded, and why he suggests BAM – shorthand for Black American Music – is a more ecumenical and honest term for today’s creative music? We interviewed Nicholas on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at the 3rd annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival on that wide-ranging subject hours prior to Nicholas, Terell Stafford, and Brian Lynch lifting the roof off the festival and thoroughly slaying their audience with a killer Trumpet Summit. Here’s our interview, courtesy of good friend Bret Primack, The Jazz Video Guy (check his incredible inventory of videos on his The Jazz Video Guy YouTube channel).

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4 Responses to Video interview with Nicholas Payton on BAM 2/19/2012

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  3. I recently watch both the interview with Nicolas Payton, and the debate between Stanley Crouch and James Mtume. I strongly disagree with both of these cats. I disagree with Mtume’s position that just because something is new that it’s just as valid as that which preceeded it; and I also strongly disagree with Payton’s position that’s there’s something inherently wrong with the term “jazz” and that all black music should be bunched together under one category.


    Anyone who thinks that Thelonious Monk and James Brown are a part of one and the same continuum is a fool. Just because Jazz and R&B both have black roots doesn’t make them the same any more than because the music of Mick Jagger and Beethoven stem from white roots that they’re the same. The positions of both these gentlemen are counterintutitive and foolish to even suggest. Their positions are also a slap in the face of the historic jazz figures of the past, and undoubtedly motivated by the desire to trivialize art in order to chase the buck, while at the same time, remaining associated with, and benefiting from the prestige of the great artists of the past:

    Reflections on the Stanley Crouch, Mtume Debate on Modern Jazz:


  4. Mikel says:

    You’re the one with the brains here. I’m waihtcng for your posts.

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