Nicholas Payton (New Orleans, 1973) is a brilliant trumpeter and heeven sings sometimes. The latter he showed on his album Dear Louis(2001), a tribute to patriarch Louis Armstrong. He also received aGrammy for his CD with Doc Cheatham, another legendary colleague.Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton appeared in 1997. However,Payton is mostly famous for his work in neo bop, a style hepresents on most of his CDs - although he is showing a tendency tobroaden his style. As on his latest album Into the Blue which hesees as the zenith of all his exploits. A playing style that isaimed at pure beauty, elegance and simplicity. Nicholas Payton hasarrived at a point in his career where he claims he has reached hismaturity as a musician. He erected the building blocks to achievethis in collaborations with, among others, Clark Terry, Elvin Jonesand Joe Henderson. In 2008 he became a member of The Blue Note 7, agroup that celebrated the 70th birthday of the Blue Note recordlabel.