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Jon was born in New York City in 1938. There was a piano in the family apartment as his mother studied classical music and practiced as he went to sleep each night. He was exposed to jazz at an early age through recordings around the house of various big and small bands. Jon heard Charlie Parker play on a JATP (Jazz at the Philharmonic) concert recording and decided that Alto was his instrument. That lasted until the final year at the special music High School he attended. The piano became central in his life around then and his passion for the jazz being played around the city was all consuming. The evolution continued after graduating from the famed High School of Music and Art in Manhattan(1956) and briefly attending the Manhattan School of Music

Live at the Athenaeum

Label: BluePort Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: All the Things You Are; My Foolish Heart; Minority; Tenderly; The Touch of Your Lips; Shari’s Bolero; Young and Foolish; Lakeside; For All We Know.

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Six on Cellar Live

Read "Six on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cory Weeds' record label Cellar Live has become a welcome home to straight-ahead mainstream jazz in the same way that Arbors Records has been the beacon for traditional jazz and swing. Think Norman Granz's Pablo label tele-transported deep into the 21st Century. Six recent releases illuminate Cellar Live's importance to jazz as a whole and to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

P.J. Perry Quartet: Alto Gusto

Read "Alto Gusto" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Scanning an album that bears the name Alto Gusto, a prospective listener may be forgiven for assuming that it consists of a series of upbeat themes designed to cause toes to tap, fingers to snap and the heart rate to soar. And once it becomes clear that that is not what Canadian alto saxophonist P.J. Perry's ...

The Art of the Ballad

Label: Udj
Released: 2014
Track listing: Prelude to a Kiss; My Foolish Heart; Round Midnight; Willow Weep for Me; My Romance; Never Never Land; My One and Only Love; Don't Misunderstand; Young and Foolish; When I Fall in Lover; Come Rain or Come Shine; For All We Know.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler: West Coast Cool

Read "Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler:  West Coast Cool" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In 2010, jazz vocal specialists Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler began a collaboration that resulted in a live show entitled West Coast Cool that they presented at different venues on the West Coast and beyond. Summit Records commits this show to digital with an album of the same title that is something special. While programming a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jackie Ryan: Listen Here

Read "Listen Here" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There exists an intersection point in a vocal recording where four elements coalesce in excellence to produce a superb recording: the vocal, instrumental, material and sonic. Singer Jackie Ryan's Listen Here exists on this very point. AAJ critic Dan Bilawsky addressed the first two elements in his thoughtful review of Listen Here, calling Ryan, “a force ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Gold Medalists Abound at Big Band Olympics

Read "Gold Medalists Abound at Big Band Olympics" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As this is being written, Betty and I are just back from a ten-day visit to California, the first six days of which would be of absolutely no interest to readers of this column. The last four, however, were spent at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel attending the L.A. Jazz Institute's “Big Band Olympics," which ...


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