Jazz Legend Cecil Payne to Appear at the Kitano

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NEW YORK, NY Cecil Payne will perform at The Kitano New York Hotels Bar Lounge on December 10 and December 11 as part of a special birthday celebration for the legendary baritone saxophonist who turns 84 on December 14. Appearing with Cecil on both days are David Williams (bass), Steve Davis (trombone), and Joe Farnsworth (drum). Pianist Barry Harris, who will celebrate his 75th birthday on December 15, will perform with Cecil on December 10 only as a special guest appearance. There is a $15 cover charge plus a $10 drink minimum per set. The first set is from 9 P.M. until 10:15 P.M. and the second set is from 10:45 P.M. until Midnight. Cocktails and light hors doeuvres are served nightly in the Bar Lounge from 5 P.M.

Cecil Payne, who was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 14, 1922, is one of the finest baritone saxophonists from jazzs bebop era. Cecil played guitar, alto sax and clarinet early in his career and switched to baritone sax when he joined Clarence Briggs band in 1946. Cecil was a key member of Dizzy Gillespies classic bebop big band from 1946 to 1949, appearing on virtually all of the orchestras famous recordings. Throughout his illustrious career, Cecil has played with such jazz greats as Tadd Dameron, James Moody, Illinois Jacquet, Randy Weston, Woody Herman, and Count Basie.

The Kitano New York is located at 66 Park Avenue (corner 38th Street) in Manhattan. For information and reservations, please contact the hotel at (212) 885 7000.

The Kitano New York opened its doors in 1973 as New Yorks first Japanese hotel. Thirty-one years later, it remains the first and only Japanese owned hotel and has become an integral part of one of Manhattans historic neighborhoods, Murray Hill. Located on fashionable Park Avenue at 38th Street, the 18-story hotel towers over some of New York Citys most magnificent turn-of-the-century dwellings, offering spectacular views of some of city landmarks. The hotel features 149 guestrooms, including 17 contemporary suites and a one-of-a-kind Japanese Tatami Suite. The Kitano New York is home to the critically acclaimed Nadaman Hakubai restaurant where traditional Kaiseki delicacies are served. The Kitano New York is also home to live Jazz music featuring live performances by legendary Jazz musicians who descend upon the hotels bar lounge weekly to perform classic and contemporary Jazz music. The Kitano New York is a member of Summit Hotels & Resorts, a consortium of deluxe hotels worldwide. For more information, contact The Kitano New York at 212-885-7000, 1-800-548-2666 or log onto www.kitano.com.

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