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Jon Mayer: Live at the Athenaeum

Read "Live at the Athenaeum" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist Jon Mayer has been quietly building his considerable discography over the last 25 years. Live at the Athenaeum joins eight previous releases that include, Full Circle (Reservoir Music, 2002); So Many Stars (Reservoir Music, 2007); Nightscape (Reservoir Music, 2009); and The Art of the Ballad (UDJ, 2014). These releases more than solidify Mayer's bona fides as an inventive composer and interpreter. Recorded at the Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA, Live at the Athenaeum proves a ballad-lover's delight ...

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Jon Mayer: The Art of the Ballad

Read "The Art of the Ballad" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jon Mayer not John Mayer. This particular Mayer is a jazz pianist currently living on the West Coast who has been plying his Jazz trade in one form or another since the mid-1950s. Early on, Mayer played on two notable sessions: alto saxophonist Jackie McLean's Strange Blues (Prestige, 1957) and on the John Coltrane sessions recorded between 1958 and 1960 that eventually became Like Sonny (Roulette, 1990). Mayer did a stretch in Paris in the late '50s where he periodically ...

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Jon Mayer: Nightscape

Read "Nightscape" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Jon Mayer was working professionally as a jazz pianist as a teen back in the '50s, while attending the Manhattan School of Music. As well as working as a sideman with Tony Scott, Kenny Dorham, Chet Baker, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan and others, along with taking part in record dates with John Coltrane and Jackie McLean, Mayer contributed original pop songs to a number of vocalist record dates, though he did not make his recording debut as ...

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Jon Mayer: Nightscape

Read "Nightscape" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

New York-born, Los Angeles-based pianist Jon Mayer began his musical career in the New York jazz scene of the 1950s and 1960s. He has a long and distinguished pedigree, including work with Jackie McLean and John Coltrane, but his first recording as leader came as late as 1996, with Round Up The Usual Suspects (Pullen Music). Nightscape is Mayer's eighth album as leader and it's an engaging, beautifully performed, collection of tunes. As with Mayer's previous albums ...

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Jon Mayer: So Many Stars

Read "So Many Stars" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The craft of the jazz piano trio is a challenging one; and in a sea of fine trio recordings, it is hard to come by a performance that is just not merely good, as most are, but sublime. When one comes along; it is time to be excited, and So Many Stars is the one to be excited about.

What are the ingredients of the perfect jazz piano trio recording? One is competent leadership, in this case pianist Jon Mayer, ...

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Jon Mayer: The Classics

Read "The Classics" reviewed by Ken Franckling

This is hard bop pianist Jon Mayer’s fifth release since he resurfaced on the Los Angeles music scene in the early ‘90s after more than twenty years away from jazz, having last been sighted and heard in the Big Apple at the Jazz Gallery June 26th. He first made his mark here in the late ‘50s and the ‘60s playing with Kenny Dorham, Tony Scott, Pete LaRoca [Sims], Jackie McLean and John Coltrane, among many others, while in his late ...

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Jon Mayer

Read "Jon Mayer" reviewed by AAJ Staff

By Ken Franckling After at least 13 years away from music entirely, and another 13 years rebuilding his life - and his chops - Jon Mayer is ready to take on the challenges of his hometown. “My life has taken a few twists and turns. This is my first legitimate jazz appearance [in New York] in more years than I care to remember, the veteran bebop pianist says from his southern California home. “There are a few ...


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