Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Voices for Justice: Equity & Arts Series

Nicholas Payton in profile holding a trumpet.

Nicholas Payton
"Catalyst for Change"

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. PT on Zoom

Join us for “Catalyst for Change,” a special jazz-themed Voices for Justice Series event highlighting the music and musings of Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and New Orleans native Nicholas Payton, in conversation with CSULB music professor Ray Briggs, Ph.D. This 45-minute discussion on Zoom explores music’s essential role as a source of expression, inspiration, and activism. The conversation will be followed by a 15-minute Q & A session.

About Nicholas Payton

A leading voice in American popular music, the Grammy Award-winning Nicholas Payton is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, producer, arranger, essayist, and social activist who honors the tradition of postmodern New Orleans music and the spirit of Black American Music. He is a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective. Learn more.


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