Jackie Payne's experience as a professional entertainer spans over forty years. He began his singing career in his father's gospel choir and learned the blues from his uncle, Neal Pattman, who played harmonica. He began performing secular music at age 13 with the Allen Swing Band in Atlanta, Georgia. He later joined an R&B group called The Serenaders. At age 17, he moved to Houston, where he was privileged to work with many blues legends, including T-Bone Walker, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Albert Collins, Gatemouth Brown, Lowell Folsom, Freddy King, and Pee Wee Crayton, to name a just a few. He has also worked with Gladys Knight, Etta James, and Buddy Ace.
Jackie's first recording was the 45 rpm single "Go-Go Train" released in 1965 on Jet Stream Records, and produced by Huey P. Meaux. His Jet Stream recordings were released under the name "Jackie Paine."
Rare 1966 footage of a live performance of "Go-Go-Train" filmed in a park in Los Angeles, and recorded by the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, can be viewed here:
From 1987 -- 2002, Jackie appeared and sang live on the Johnny Otis Saturday morning radio show broadcast live on KPFA-FM, Berkeley and KFCF, Fresno, California. The University of Indiana has entered 700 of these tapes into their musical library, making Johnny Otis and Jackie Payne a part of musical history forever.
"Spirit of the Black Territory Bands," recorded by The Johnny Otis Orchestra, featured Jackie on vocals and was nominated for a 1993 Grammy Award. The band's earlier release, "Good Lovin' Blues," also had Jackie on vocals.
Jackie's 1998 CD, A Day In the Life of A Blues Man, produced by Kenny "Blue Ray," is available on Britain's JSP Records label, and in 1999 he appeared on Kirk "Eli" Fletcher's CD "I'm Here and I'm Gone," also on JSP. Jackie's 2000 CD, "Ain't Nothin' But A Party!" was released on his own Shades of Blues label and he recorded vocals for 10 songs for Kenny "Blue" Ray's Tone-King label in 2001.
The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band has recorded three albums: "Partners in the Blues" on the Burnside Records label and "Master of the Game" and "Overnight Sensation" on the Delta Groove label.
Beginning in 1987, Beginning in 1987, became the lead vocalist with The Johnny Otis Show based in California. Jackie undertook three world tours with the Johnny Otis Show and performed on the groups live radio shows as well, through 2002. He has headlined shows from Belgium to Tokyo, including the 1989 San Francisco Blues Festival, the 1992 Sacramento Blues Festival. He collaborated with Rare Form for the Monterey Blues Festival in 1993, and with the Johnny Otis Orchestra in 1994.
Beginning in the 1990s, Jackie spent several years as the lead singer with the veteran show band the Dynatones. He also led his own Jackie Payne Band in venues around his home base, the San Francisco Bay Area.
In the late 1990s, Jackie teamed up with fellow ex-Dynatones member Steve Edmonson to form the The Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band. In addition to Payne on vocals and Edmonson on guitar, the members of this line-up include bassist Bill Singletary, drummer Nick Otis (son of Johnny Otis), tenor saxophonist, Carl Green, and trumpeter Lech Wierzynski.
Here is some live footage from the Catfish Blues Festival at Konocti Vista Casino in Lakeport, California on June 17, 2012. (Vocals: Jackie Payne, Brass: Geechi Taylor and "Mean" Carl Green, Guitars: Richard Steward and Ronnie Stewart, Drums: Cedric Wilmott, Bass: Chris Hokke, Keyboard: Frankie J.)
"Spirit of the Black Territory Bands," by Johnny Otis and His Orchestra, featuring Jackie on vocals, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1993.
Jackie was nominated in both 2007 and 2008 for the Blues Music Award (formerly the W. C. Handy Awards) for Best Male Soul Blues Artist.
"Master of the Game" by the Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band won the Contemporary Blues Award for Best Soul Blues Album of 2006.
Jackie has been voted Los Angeles Entertainer of the year five consecutive times.
The Los Angeles Times calls him "a performer of classy presence and subtle physical movement [who's] got the raspy-voiced Wilson Pickett-Otis Redding thing nailed flat."
California Jazz Now declares, "Jackie Payne leads the way."
The San Diago Union says he is a "singing sensation" and a performer of "sultry suppleness."
Benefit for Jackie Payne's medical expenses
at Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco, Sunday May 31, 2015. Tickets: $20.00
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