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 Carl Payne Big Band delivers an authentic, polished jazz sound,the Carl Payne Big Band specializes in music from the Big Band Swing Era, with a bit of contemporary Rhythm and Blues. The band members include band directors, teachers, engineers, lawyers, law enforcement, TV producer, college and high school students. The goal is to preserve the music of the Big Band Swing Era and educate, not only the listening public, but young aspiring musicians.

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Inspired by the jazz music of the early Swing Era of the '30s and '40s, Carlton Payne Jr. founded the Carl Payne Big Band. He cultivated his love for music through his studies at The Navy School Of Music, South Carolina State University and the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Carlton Payne Jr. is a retired Marine Corp Band Trumpeter and Combat Veteran from St. Petersburg,Florida.

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 Ken Cheeks - Alto Sax, Dawayne Simons - Alto Sax, Marquis Bates - Alto Sax, Brittany Salley - Baritone Sax, Rene Muniz - Bass, Bruce Dantzler - Drums, Harold Burrell - Guitar, Donnell Edwards - Keyboard, Ron Brinnon - Tenor Sax, Willie Driffins -Tenor Sax, Clarence Sumpter - Trombone, Gerard Lancaster - Trombone, Gene Long - Trombone, , Dave Mattos - Trombone,Johnnie Smith- Trombone, Catherine Allgrim- Trombone, Carlton Payne - Trumpet, Carol Scott - Trumpet, Mike Cheatem - Trumpet, Phil Fuller - Trumpet, Wayne Gourdine - Trumpet, Doug Martin - Trumpet, Jackie Johnson - Vocalist, Kanisha Fields - Vocalist

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It's important to stay true to your music. See the Carl Payne Big Band perform live in Columbia, SC on Jan 15, 2017!

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