The Neil Maya Quartet

"Electrifying performance from a band that has everything - crisp melody lines and improvisation to match"

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.



Video footage from the Teignmouth Jazz Festival:
















For all the quartet's gigs including for this new project check out the gig diary


Playlist So Far:


All Blues, So What and Blue in Green 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, Juicy Lucy and Peace by Horace Silver



1959 Poster Design PDF

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

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Pictures from the first gig at the Teignmouth Jazz Festival 2018

Further Testimonials


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



Woolacombe was pleased to welcome you to our village hall for your 1959 performance on 25th Jan.

To my knowledge this was the first “modern Jazz” night held in Woolacombe. As a Beaford promoter I know how difficult it can be to attract sufficient audience numbers to create a good atmosphere and send folk home with happy memories of “a great night out”. You certainly achieved that ,  musicianship was spell binding and many compliments have been received all enthusing about their experience.

Peter Little, Beaford Arts, Feb 19



"Neil's passion is 1950's jazz and his quartet do it so well. The passion comes through in the performance and the audience feel it too, loving every minute right through to the final encore."

David Walden Fougou Jazz, Torbay Feb 2019



"Exceeded anything we could have hoped for. A superb evening of jazz. Anyone who loves jazz should go and see this."

Calstock Arts April 2019