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Payne, Jim

Payne, Jim, drummer; b. Bridgeport, CT, 25 February 1943.

After receiving his BA (Yale '65) he moved to New York, got an MBA (Columbia '68) and began studying drums privately with Sonny Igoe, Henry Adler and Philly Joe Jones. He also began teaching at Henry Adler's studios on 46th St. along with Ed Shaunessey and Andrew Cyrille. During this time he also played with Mike and Randy Brecker, Esther Phillips and Esther Satterfield, and many jazz and rock groups before moving in 1978 to the Bay Area for constant five-night-a-week work with various r&b and funk bands including a stint as musical director for Motown star, Mary Wells. He also played with a short-lived group teaming David Liebman and Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis.

After moving back to New York in 1981, he again taught at the Henry Adler Studios and also began teaching at the Drummers Collective. He took extension classes at The Manhattan School of Music and the Julliard School, studying music theory and songwriting. Jobs included Broadway shows, The Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and a five year association with a jazz/funk band, Slickaphonics, which included many European tours and five albums.

After getting married and beginning a family he moved to the Orlando, Florida area in 1989 where he was a staff drummer and producer for King Snake Records and became a producer and songwriter with the J.B. Horns, and did two tours of Japan with that band. In 1991 he moved to Katonah. N.Y. and again joined the faculty of the Drummers/Bass Collective.

In 2002 he moved back to NYC where he opened his own teaching studio. He leads his own band, the Jim Payne Band, which is signed to HighNote/Savant records. He has done master classes at SUNY Purchase and at the Percussive Arts Convention and  produced the first Medeski, Martin & Wood record: "It's a Jungle In Here," as well as several other funk and R&B-oriented records. He has taught at  SUNY Purchase.

Sensei (2004)

J.P., Give The Drummers Some! pub. by Face The Music, distributed by Warner Bros. (1996)
Tito Puente and J.P., Tito Puente's Drumming with the Mambo King (with CD)
Funk Drumming (with CD)
The Complete Book of Funk Drumming (with CD)
How to Play Drums from Day One Instructional DVD

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