The Emerald City Jazz Kings 2008-09
Ken Peplowski / Bill Mays
Bill Mays
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A fine pianist, Bill Mays has often worked behind the scenes, leading to him being a somewhat overlooked jazz improviser. Mays worked in Los Angeles as a studio musician from the late '60s on, accompanying Sarah Vaughan (1972-1973) and Al Jarreau (1975), but mostly doing session work. In the early '80s, he began to record jazz as a sideman with Howard Roberts, Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, Road Work Ahead, and Mark Murphy. He recorded a duet date with Red Mitchell for ITI (1982) and led a quintet album for Trend (1983). In 1984, Mays moved to New York and since then he has worked with Murphy, Gerry Mulligan, Ron Carter, James Moody, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, and the Mel Lewis Orchestra, among others. In the late 80's Mays recorded for DMP (duet records with Ray Drummond) and in 1992 released several discs on "Concord." These dates found Mays in a variety of settings, beginning with the unaccompanied Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Vol. 26 (Bill Mays at Maybeck), followed by a trio date An Ellington Affair, a duet with guitarist Ed Bickett Concord Duo, Vol. 7: Bill Mays and Ed Bickert and finallly backed by a full band on Mays in Manhattan. In 2001 the pianist recorded his 11th album as a leader and his first for the Palmetto label, Summer Sketches, followed two years later by Going Home
2007
Mar 2JPS 2007Evening Session 1Jaqua
Mar 3JPS 2007Afternoon Session 1Jaqua
Mar 3JPS 2007Evening Session 2Jaqua
Mar 4JPS 2007Brunch JamJaqua
2008
Mar 7JPS 2008Friday Evening SessionJaqua
Mar 8JPS 2008Saturday Afternoon SessionJaqua
Mar 8JPS 2008Saturday Evening SessionJaqua
Mar 9JPS 2008Sunday Brunch SessionJaqua
Mar 9JPS 2008Sunday Afternoon SessionJaqua
Dec 12NHT 2008-09Ken Peplowski / Bill MaysJaqua
2009
Mar 6JPS 2009Day 1 Evening SessionJaqua
Mar 7JPS 2009Day 2 Afternoon SessionJaqua
Mar 7JPS 2009Day 2 Evening SessionJaqua
Mar 8JPS 2009Day 3 Brunch SessionJaqua
Jul 29OFAM 2009Rhapsody In BlueSilva
Jul 30OFAM 2009The Dream's On MeJaqua
Jul 31OFAM 2009Jazz Me BluesJaqua
Aug 1OFAM 2009Singin' In The RainJaqua
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