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Nicholas Payton

World-renowned trumpeter, Nicholas Payton, was given the opportunity to take a jazz cruise as a trombonist. For the cruise, he picked up a pawn shop trombone and learned to play well enough. He saw two jazz greats play on the cruise: trumpeter Clark Terry and trombonist Al Grey. After the show, Payton made a beeline for Terry but was intercepted by Grey. Grey, thinking Payton was a non-serious trombone player, invited him to his room to show him how to oil his trombone. Terry thought he was a “sad” trombonist who he avoided on the cruise the entire time. Click below to hear the story!


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