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The Dexter Payne Quartet is in the Brazilian instrumental tradition. Offering a mix of choro, bossa, samba & forro for listening and dancing, the quartet features Bill Kopper – guitar, Dave Willey – accordion, and Raoul Rossiter – drums & percussion.

marrakech express

Marrakech Express (quartet, trio, duo)
North African- Morrocan, Algerian, Gnawa, Arabic, Anadalusian instrumental and vocals
clarinet, El Ysefi Samir-oud, guit & vocals, Anthony Salvo-violin, Brett Bowen-perc

Nokuthula (7 piece)
Afropop from Zimbabwe & So African, marimba-based dance music
sax/flute, Andre Mallinger-marimba, John Levanthal-marimba, Mary McHenery-vocal, Barb Kulton-mbira/hosho, Karna Kap-bass, Matt Tucker--drums

Veelah (quintet)
Balkan intrumental
clar/sax/bari, Meg York-clar/sax, Dave Willey-accordion, James Hoskins-trombone, Brian Mullins-tuba, Jesse Manno-drums

Azra Sings (quintet, sextet)
Bosnian vocalist with backup band

Moussa and the Lost Tribe (sextet to duo)
W African dance music from Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast
sax/flute, Moussa Konate-vocal & guitar


Dexter Payne, twice voted a clarinet finalist in Downbeat Readers Polls, has made repeat appearances on the NBC Today Show, Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, KOOL (now JVC) Jazz Festival, Telluride Jazz.

Dexter lived and performed in 12 countries in Latin America, making music with Thiago de Mello and the late Ruben Gonzales among others, recording in Brazil with Paulinho Tapajos and Beth Carvalho. He returned to Brazil in 2006 for concerts in Rio de Janeiro and Mostra Internacional de Musica em Olinda (MIMO) in Pernambuco, 2011 International Blues Challenge Champion with the Lionel Young Band, he has toured steadily for the last two years in North America and Europe.

Payne has performed clarinet, sax and harmonica with a wide range of well known artists – from Mac Rebennack to Sharon Isbin and including Cachaito, Rene Marie, Dave Van Ronk, Artie Traum, Johnny Shines, Romero Lubambo, Judy Roderick, Dan Sadowsky & Washboard Chaz, Thiago de Mello, Big Sky Mudflaps, BarBQ Bob, Sammy Mayfield, Johnny Long, IBC winners Lionel Young & Little Joe McLerran, Kailin Yong, Tom McDermott, Helio Alves, Haroldo Mauro, Ithamara Koorax and more. He performed at 92nd St Y, Hamptons Music Festival, and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in NYC.

His recording career spans the western hemisphere, geographically and stylistically, from Big Sky Mudflaps LP on Flying Fish to his solo debut on Ethos-Brasil/Dexofon. His latest recording, the fourth with Grammy nominated composer, Thiago de Mello, features the late Paulo Moura, Helio Alves (Obrigado Brasil), and guitarist Romero Lubambo (Trio da Paz). He has also released a recording he co-produced in 1983: When Im Gone, by the legendary Judy Roderick, with special guest Mac Rebennack (aka Dr John) and featuring Washboard Chaz of Playing for Change fame. Payne’s compositions appear on Armchair Cabaret (Helios), Another Feeling (Dexofon) and a compilation, Under the Same Sky.

A very accomplished musician... and well worth Driving a hundred miles or more to hear."

Jon Jackson, Big Sky Journal

“Payne makes the challenging appear effortless” Bret Saunders, Denver Post

"... a virtuoso musician who really hears the Brazilian whispers, and not just the carnival clamor." (Andy Smetanka-Missoula Independent)



Song List for Dexter Payne Quartet:

A Ra

Alma Brasileira


Asa Branca





Chega de Saudade

Chorinho Baixinho

Chorinho do Ze Feio

Chorinho pra Voce


Conversa de Botiquim

Coracao Latino

Doce de Coco

E Do Que Ha

Feira de Mangaio

A Felicidade




Lembre do Ceara

Lie This


Las Marguaritas

Maiz Uma Vez

Musica Del Mar

Na Cadencia Do Samba

Noites Cariocas

No Wolf at the Door

O Ovo




Pra Que Chorar

Radames e Pele

Recado Bossa Nova


Rosa Morena


Sao Jorge



Tico Tico no Fuba

O Trenzinho do Caipira

Vou Vivendo

Xote Das meninas

Xote De Saudade

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