The Neil Maya Quartet is one of the Southwest’s most exciting and talented bands, whose aim is to find fresh, new sounds within the wide scope of jazz whilst staying accessible to the public at large. As well as playing innovative re-workings of jazz standards and material by other composers, the band also plays its own compositions.
The Neil Maya Quartet is often rooted in the sounds of the cool jazz movement of the 50’s and 60’s, but love playing other styles such as funk, samba, African and even folk-rock. The quartet is always striving to find different ways to deliver jazz, and although the soloing aspect is central to its approach, in a similar way to classical compositions its music often tells a story which takes you on a journey across a wide and rich emotional landscape. The quartet’s music is crisp, colourful, sassy, smooth, atmospheric, intricate, cool, very imaginative and always highly entertaining!
In recent years the band has also performed a number of gigs in tribute to great jazz artists and composers including Clifford Brown and Horace Silver and in 2018 Herbie Hancock and the band hope to do more of the same in the future. The band also began a very special project in 2016 called the brubeck Project (see below) and also plan to start a new project called 1959: The Golden Year of Jazz in late 2018
Review of Bread and Circuses...
"What I liked about Bread & Circuses was the different styles. The Caribbean flavours really shine through in 'All Change Please' whilst 'Big Girl Funk Machine' is a really danceable track. Neil Maya is a talented and technically sound musician, who is developing his sound through his quartet. Neil Maya makes saxophone sounds reminiscent to Illinois Jacquet at times, and Cannonball Adderley's influence can be heard throughout - however Neil Maya's voicing and phrasing are difficult to compare to anyone. The Neil Maya Quartet is unique - something the crowd at Ronnie Scott's would appreciate"
Brian Parker, Jazz-Radio.fm
Meet the band...
+44 (0)1803 862762
The launch of The Neil Maya Quartet's 3rd album:
In April 2016 the Neil Maya Quartet Featuring Matt Carter on keys launched a brand new project for the band; The Brubeck Project playing the music of the Dave Brubeck Quartet including compositions by Dave and also saxophonist Paul Desmond.
The project has, to date, been hugely successful with many gigs played to great acclaim throughout the southwest. The band also launched a live CD and DVD of the project recorded in Mar 2017 in June 2017.