In the early years for Clif Payne Harlem's Sugar Hill in 1959 to Evansville, Indiana to San Francisco
My Father/Musician, James "Buddy" Payne is murdered in Harlem, 1957
My mom, Aline, moves the family back to Evansville--her hometown
In schooling; Chesnut-Walnut, Lincoln & Vogel elementary schools, graduated from Vogel in 1968
William Warfield, famous African American baritone, visited Lincoln School
North High School, graduated in 1972
sang in concert choir played guitar and violin, played and sang in musicals
Music, Rock & Soul Bands.
We played at the Fall Festival and Evansville Jazz Club
As a youngster living in Evansville, Indiana, Clif sang in his grandfather's church choir at McFarland Baptist Church, then later, New Hope Baptist Church. Music figures prominently in Clif's family. His father, James "Buddy" Payne was a reedsman who gigged with jazz legends, Clif's mother was a talented vocalist who once backed Nat "King" Cole in a vocal ensemble. Clif has performed with Freda Payne, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Norman Connors, Bobby McFerrin, Ellis Hall, Sheena Easton, Peggy Blu, Four Play drummer Harvey Mason, jazz fusionists Hiroshima, Chicago vocalist Bill Champlin. Clif has opened for Dan Siegel, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis and Dionne Warwick.