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World-Renowned Jazz Pianist
Bill Mays presents “A Brief History of Jazz Piano”
A True Jazz Improviser
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 7:00PM
94 NE 2nd Avenue
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The world renowned pianist presents “a brief history of jazz piano” for this special show.
Bill Mays says, “Attempting to cover 100 years of jazz piano history in one evening is impossible. The obvious problem: who to include, who to leave out, while attempting to represent several contrasting eras and styles of jazz piano. In this “brief history”, I’ll play music by several pianists who influenced and inspired me early in my career: Earl “Fatha” Hines, Bill Evans, Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Clare Fischer and a dozen or so others.”
As one of the top pianists and arrangers in the world, Mays has honed his craft for the last five decades, accompanying legends such as Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, Frank Zappa, and countless others. Mays hails from distinguished venues like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Birdland, and has been described as “inventive” and “dynamic” as a true “jazz improviser.”
May’s professional career includes includes a multitude of musical endeavors. Following four years as a bandsman in the U.S. Navy, Bill spent 15 years as a session player in the Hollywood studios. In 1984 he relocated to New York City, establishing himself as both an in-demand sideman and a leader of his own ensembles.
A prolific composer and arranger, Mays has written many extended suites for bass, flute, woodwind septet, and pieces for big band and orchestra (New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, etc.). He has received a handful of awards and honors for his craft, including his arrangement, production, and piano contribution on the Grammy-nominated “Bop for Kerouac”.
Don’t miss him when he graces the stage at Arts Garage with eclectic intonations and fresh interpretations of favorite classical themes, jazz classics, and original works.
“Mays is a commanding presence at the piano, rolling through lines that raised echoes of Earl Hines and Duke Ellington.” -The New York Times
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