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Bill Mays

"I was born in Sacramento, CA" (William Allen Mays) Feb. 5, 1944. "There was always music in our home. My dad, Bill Sr., was a minister, and played the piano, organ, trombone, guitar and harmonica, so gospel music was the first music I heard. My mom, Martha, a homemaker, had a beautiful, very natural, voice and I have vivid memories of him playing the accordion while she sang. Dad's trombone was an old, silver valved one. I loved that sound—it’s probably the reason I took up the baritone horn and trumpet in junior high school. We had a spinet piano, a Baldwin Acrosonic, and I was at it from a very early age. I had some great teachers down through the years but the one who really set the stage, at around age eight, was Ethel Bush

Telepathy

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: It Might As Well Be Spring, Poor Butterfly, Yesterdays, Telepathy, The Gentle Rain, You've Changed, Indian Summer, Telepathy II.

Bobby Shew / Bill Mays: Telepathy

Read "Telepathy" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Trumpet and piano duo albums are relatively rare. Louis Armstrong and Earl “Fatha" Hines' “Weather Bird" (1928) was a groundbreaker, although a single. Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie (Pablo, 1974) and Clark Terry's One on One (Chesky Records, 1999), where CT played with fourteen different jazz pianists, come to mind. Telepathy, a horn-piano collaboration featuring trumpeter ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Mays

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Mays

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Mays' birthday today! “I was born in Sacramento, CA" (William Allen Mays) Feb. 5, 1944. “There was always music in our home. My dad, Bill Sr., was a minister, and played the piano, organ, trombone, guitar and harmonica, so gospel music was the first music I heard. My mom, Martha, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Mays and Friends: Mays Plays Mays

Read "Mays Plays Mays" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Apart from whatever else it may entail, Mays Plays Mays surpasses most other recent enterprises thanks in large measure to pianist Bill Mays' singular artistry as composer, arranger and keyboard master. Now well into his seventh decade, Mays, who has made his living playing mostly other people's music, has devoted this album (for the most part) ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Mays and Friends: Mays Plays Mays

Read "Mays Plays Mays" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

In a career that has flourished for more than half a century and shows no signs whatsoever of slowing down, pianist, composer and author Bill Mays has always been known for his immaculate technique, distinctive creativity, swing and wit. Few players on any instrument are this consistently light-hearted, whether it is reflected in spontaneous and funny ...

Mays Plays Mays

Label: No Blooz Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Birthday Blues; Exuma; Mays In The Mirror; Jolie Joelle; MW2; Play Song; Snow Job; How Long Has This Been Going On; Ten; Chelsea Evening; For Woff; Martha; Whistling Pastor; Mark David; Eileen's Birthday Waltz; Kalavrita.

Live At COTA

Label: No Blooze Music
Released: 2019

NEWS: RECORDING

Mays Plays Mays: Bill Mays And Friends - Plus At Kitano On December 20-21!

Mays Plays Mays: Bill Mays And Friends - Plus At Kitano On December 20-21!

After many recordings for the Chiaroscuro, Concord, Discovery, DMP, Palmetto, and Steeplechase record companies, pianist Bill Mays is releasing, on his own No Blooze Music label (released November 28, 2019), Mays Plays Mays: Bill Mays and Friends. The friends include guitarist John Hart, trumpeter Marvin Stamm, drummer Matt Wilson and bassist Martin Wind. Beautifully recorded by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

P. J. Perry Featuring Bill Mays: This Quiet Room

Read "This Quiet Room" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In jazz, as in almost any other pursuit, there really is no stand-in for experience. P. .J. Perry, now well into his seventh decade, has been a titan on Canada's saxophone scene for more than half a century, while California-born pianist Bill Mays, three years Perry's junior and his able collaborator on the duo album This ...


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