Jim Payne

260 – Jim Payne: The keeper of the funk

Labeled the “Buddy Rich or Billy Cobham of funk drumming” by Jazz Times Magazine, Jim Payne has had a long, successful career as a drummer, educator, producer, and collaborator with the best musicians in jazz and funk. From Connecticut to New York to Memphis and California, Jim Payne has done it all. Jim attended Yale and got his MBA form Columbia all while becoming one of the most recognizable funk drummers and producers, working with artists like: John Scofield, Medeski Martin and Wood and many others. Jim is a master educator, performer, and author…and if that’s not enough, Clyde Stubblefield called him “one of America’s funkiest drummers and a great teacher.”

Jim Payne talks about:

  • How he began playing drums (and quit accordion at the same time)
  • Why he attended Yale and Columbia
  • His unorthodox love for funk and R&B
  • His frequent trips to the Apollo Theatre
  • The racial tension in music throughout the 60s and 70s
  • Transitioning into a producer
  • The Stax Records era
  • Much much more

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Jim Payne plays:

  • DW Drums
  • Al Peterson Snares
  • Paiste Cymbals
  • Vater Drumsticks
  • Remo Drumheads

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