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I remember years ago at a jam session we were all playing some tunes and this cat from a well-known alternative Black rock band approached the stage to sit in. Most of the guys split the stage posthaste, myself included, because our elitist, jazz attitudes wanted no parts of this dude. So ol’ boy got on the mic and said, “I guess it’s time for a little acapella,” which is to perform without accompaniment. Not so. Mulgrew not only stayed on stage, but proceeded to play with this dude while he did an abstract poem that at one point resolved with him chanting “Love,” while flashing the peace sign, followed by “Hate,” while he flashed half of a peace sign. Though the spoken word performance was highly questionable — behind it — Mulgrew was comping his ass off! He taught us all a big lesson that night about how you can elevate your surroundings through simplicity and sincerity of expression.
New album frm @paynic at @bohemiancaverns pix by @jatiphoto #jatiphoto #BAM
Bitches by Nicholas Payton is finally available for pre-order on wax. It’s been out for a while on mp3, but who wants that?
Anyway, a few weeks ago, I scared the hell out of this white lady at the record store when I asked about Bitches. She thought I meant something else, and acted like I was propositioning her. I had to take a deep breath and explain that I was asking her if she knew when the album Bitches by trumpeter Nicholas Payton was coming out, and that I was not in fact asking her for bitches. I was wearing a hoodie, so lesson learned. If you’re a black man with a shaved head wearing a hoodie, make sure you explain yourself properly, lest it be assumed you’re perving at the record store. Besides, are dudes asking for “bitches” at record stores these days?