LIVE MUSIC ALL THE TIME
I uncovered my passion for music when I was inspired by the jazz music of the early Swing Era of the '30s and '40s.
I followed my dream and cultivated my love for music through my studies at The Navy School Of Music, South Carolina State University and the prestigious Berklee College of Music. .
I am a retired Marine Corp Band Trumpeter and Combat Veteran from St. Petersburg, Florida. I find inspiration all around me. I try to make my music representative of myself and my generation.
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.
Alto Sax: Ken Cheeks , Dwayne Simmons Bari- Sax: Brittany Salley
Tenor Sax: Ron Brinnon, Willie Driffins
Trombones: Clarence Sumpter, Gerard Lancaster , Gene Long , Dave Mattos , Milton Morris
Trumpets: Carol Scott, Carlton Payne Jr, Phil Fuller, Wayne Gourdine , Willie Olenick
Bass: Rene Muniz
Drums: Bruce Dantzler
Guitar: Gary Cappucco, Harold Burrell
Keyboard: Donnell Edwards
Vocalists: LaTonya Smalls, Toni Moore, Latwanna Flake
Director: Antron Rearden
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