#BAM Live at Bohemian Caverns, Payton’s latest release, is the first for his own imprint, BMF Records ™. Recorded at the historic Washington, D.C. club, Bohemian Caverns, on November 3, 2012, the album features a blistering set that captures Payton’s now renowned prowess on the trumpet – while simultaneously playing the Fender Rhodes piano. His genius and unmistakable originality is on wide display for this recording.
The hashtag, #BAM, stands for Black American Music. The #BAM movement created by Nicholas, states the revolutionary, yet evident, idea that music of the Black American diaspora is more similar than dissimilar. Black American Music speaks of his and all music descending from the Black American experience, including spirituals, gospel, blues, so-called jazz and soul. A prolific writer, the genesis of the #BAM movement was in reaction to a blog post on November 27, 2011 entitled: “On Why Jazz Isn’t Cool Anymore.”
Like the Ghanaian Sankofa bird in the BMF logo, it is Payton’s mission to go back in history to extract the richness and lost knowledge of the past in order to elevate today’s consciousness. Hailed as The Savior of Archaic Pop, Payton is rooted in tradition, yet isn’t stuck there. His life’s work is to dismantle the status quo and to subvert mediocrity by giving rise to quality.
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Nicholas Payton’s new album #BAM Live at Bohemian Caverns arrives February 2013. Download the official press release here: #BAM