1959: The Golden Year Of Jazz
"Neil Maya once again turns his impeccable talent to reinterpreting the music of 1959" Ian Roberts Teignmouth Jazz Nov 2018
The Neil Maya Quartet launched this project in November 2018 at the Teignmouth Jazz Festival with Neil on saxes, Gav Martin on keys, Kev Sanders on double bass and Preston Prince on drums.
There are more gigs in the pipeline including the Plymouth Jazz Club and Fougou Jazz
in early 2019. For all the quartet's gigs check out the gig diary
The gig was videoed and audio recorded and some snippets should be available soon. Watch this space!
Playlist So Far:
This project is still evolving but so far the tunes we have chosen from this extraordinarily creative year in jazz are:
All Blues and So What by Miles Davis,
Take Five and Blue Rondo Ala Turk, from the Dave Brubeck quartet,
Giant Steps and Naima by John Coltrane,
Chega De Saudade by Jobim,
Fables of Faubus by Mingus,
Some Day My Prince Will Come in the style of the Bill Evans Trio,
The Sermon by Jimmy Smith,
Moanin by the Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Lonely Woman by Ornette Coleman.
Sister Sadie by Horace Silver
This project will work with some of the finest jazz musicians in the South West including:
Neil Maya: saxes
Kev Sanders: double bass
Gav Martin, Tom Ball : Piano
Preston Prince, Gary Evans, Coach York: Drums
Pictures from the first gig at the Teignmouth Jazz Festival 2018
The Neil Maya Quartet has become regular feature at Teignmouth Jazz and Blues Festival. This year we were all very excited about his new project, 1959 The Golden Year of Jazz and we weren’t disappointed!
The band played to a packed room, all of whom were engrossed in the music and Neil’s chatty explanations ahead of each number.
The musicianship and enthusiasm of Neil’s band is as good as you will hear anywhere. If you get the chance to see this great band in action, be sure not to miss it, you won’t be disappointed.”
Sarah & Neil Whitmore, Teignmouth Jazz & Blues Club, Nov 2018