Six of Saturns: Nicholas Payton and Cyrille Aimee with DJ Abibas

Nicholas Payton

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and trumpet master, Nicholas Payton is one of the most important artists working and recording today. A virtuoso before he was out of high school, his talent and skills have earned him praise and accolades and ensured his place in musical history. Spanning a multitude of musical genres, Payton has composed and arranged, performed and recorded with his own groups in many settings, including solo, duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, 21-piece big band, as well as his 2012 full orchestral work The Black American Symphony.

Cyrille Aimée

Improvisation is not just a technique for vocalist Cyrille Aimée. It’s a way of life, one that has not only allowed her to share her engaging voice and sparkling creativity with the world, but has led her on an unexpected journey. By opening herself to the whim of the moment, Aimée has ventured from singing on street corners in Europe to dazzling audiences at some of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals; from sneaking out to sing in gypsy encampments in her native France to acting on Broadway; from braving the notoriously tough audiences at New York’s Apollo Theatre to being hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation" and called a “rising star in the galaxy of jazz singers” by the New York Times. Growing up in the town of Samois-sur-Seine in France, Aimée would sneak out of her bedroom window to join the gypsy caravans gathered for the annual Django Reinhardt Festival. Those experiences exposed Aimée not just to the joys of gypsy jazz but to the gypsies’ spontaneous, nomadic, music-filled way of life. She would carry that spirit to the Montreux Jazz Festival, where she won the 2007 vocal competition and recorded her debut album with the prize money. It was the first of many such accolades, including winning the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition and becoming a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition as well as the TV5MONDE series Talent Acoustic. In 2014 Aimée made her major label debut with It’s A Good Day (Mack Avenue), featuring an innovative two-guitar band that returned for 2016’s highly acclaimed Let’s Get Lost. As an actress, Aimée was hand-picked by musical theater icon Stephen Sondheim to star alongside Bernadette Peters in a tribute performance backed by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. She shares her story to audiences and students alike, being invited to present a TEDx talk and to address the Conference on World Affairs and teaching master classes for aspiring musicians, emphasizing an aware and spontaneous life over technique and rote repetition.

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