Remembering Walter


Bass player, educator, master of Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, and Classical music, Walter Payton passed away on October 28, 2010. He was 68 years old.  His long musical career included anchoring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, leading his own Gumbo File and Snap Bean Bands, and marching on sousaphone with the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, as well as the Eureka, the Olympia, the Treme, and the Apollo brass bands.  Walter recorded on Aaron Neville's "Tell It Like It Is" and Lee Dorsey's "Working in a Coal Mine," and he spent 25 years teaching music in New Orleans' public schools.  


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