Cecil Payne

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Birthday
14, 1922
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Nov 27, 2007 (84)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
14, 1922
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Nov 27, 2007 (84)

About

Multi-instrumentalist known for his work as a soloist, as well as a bandleader. He worked with Randy Weston in the 1950s, also known for his freelancing work.

Before Fame

He started playing saxophone at the age of thirteen and started recording with J. J. Johnson on Savoy in 1946.

Trivia

He released thirty-five albums as leader and sideman.

Family Life

His father owned a real estate company and his cousin Marcus Belgrave was a famous trumpeter.

Associated With

Payne was inspired to start playing saxophone after hearing Lester Young's performance of "Honeysuckle Rose."