The Neil Maya Quartet

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

The Jazz Funk Emporium is a brand new project working with some of the finest musicians with a slant and interest towards jazz funk in the Southwest. It’s a band dedicated to the funkier side of life. Neil has had an interest in Jazz Funk for a long time particularly being a huge fan of funk saxophonists such as Maceo Parker and Michael Brecker but also influenced by Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters and also the James Taylor Quartet (JTQ).


This band brings a slightly different line up including keyboards and vocal effects from Tom Ball, electric bass from Tom Drewett and adding Jesse Molins on guitar to the mix (how can you play funk and jazz funk without a guitarist after all?). Neil is also experimenting with his own effects box too.


So far the band has done just 2 gigs but intends to fully launch at the Teignmouth Jazz Festival on 19th Oct 19 (6pm at the Bronx)


Expect Herbie Hancock, Average White Band, Chick Corea, Ronnie Jordan, JTQ, originals and more.


Alongside Neil are Tom Ball on keys, Jesse Molins on guitar, Tom Drewett on electric bass and Gary Evans on drums.


To check out all the band's gigs including for The Jazz Funk Emporium check out the band's gig diary


Three videos from our gig in Oct 2019 at the Teignmouth Jazz and Blues Festival. To see all the videos from the evening check out youtube here and to see all of the JFE's videos check out youtube here

Jazz Funk Emporium Playlist

The Story so far:


Gotcha (Starskey and Hutch Theme)

Chamleon (Herbie Hancock)

Feel Like Making Love

I thought It Was You (Herbie Hancock)

The Chicken (Pee Wee Ellis)

Street Life (the Crusaders)

So What (Ronnie Jordan version)

Quarter to 4 (Neil Maya)

Some Skunk Funk (Brecker Brothers)

Sponge (Brecker Brothers)

Heard it through the grapevine  

Put it where U want it  (the Crusaders)

Mr Magic  (Grover Washington Jr)

Butterfly (Herbie Hancock)

Cissy Strut (the Meters)

Cold Duck Time (Eddie Harris)

This Masquerade (George Benson)

Spain (Chick Corea)

Meet the Band

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Neil Maya

Band leader Neil has been playing professionally for over 25 years working with the quartet and other bands throughout the southwest playing jazz, jazz funk, soul, motown, latin jazz and african Jazz with some of the region's finest musicians including Matt Carter, Philip Clouts, Andy Hague. Kev Sanders and also plays with The Drat Pack, All Jazzed Up and Sunsplash.

Jesse Molins

Jesse trained at at the Musicians Institute, London, studying jazz & popular music taking lessons with some of the country’s finest jazz guitarists including Mike Outram, Dave Cliff & Dominic Ashworth. Jesse has been working in Jazz since leaving college and also is a fine funk and jazz funk player having played with Neil in the funk function band Solar for over a decade. Jesse's funk comping is superb and has a feisty and dynamic soloing style. Get ready!  

Tom Ball

Tom took up piano in childhood gaining a place at the Guildhall School of Music age 18 but was unable to take up the place due to injury and pursued a career in medicine instead. Jazz piano never left Tom and he has developed his playing over the years and since moving to South Devon has become one of the main pianists on the scene having played with many of the regions finest.

Tom Drewett

Tom is a multi-instrumentalist who started playing and composing professionally while still at school. He plays with a long list of UK jazz artists as a bassist, and moonlights as a salsa pianist, having played in Afro-Cuban bands for more than 15 years.

Tom has played in a number of Neil's other projects over the years, and with Gary and Jesse in countless jazz settings. Most recently the Matt Carter Quartet and Robin Pengilley Quartet respectively.'

Gary Evans

Gary started drums age 6 working with "The Family Band". His 1st pro gig was over 25 years ago when he was 16 and he hasn't looked back since. Gary is one of the finest and most sought after and jazz drummers in the southwest.


'First outing for Jazz Funk Emporium at the Bay Horse Inn and what a night!  Tight, funky and hot, had us all up and jumping.  You'll be back!'

Kathy, Bay Horse Totnes July 19


Neil Maya does it yet again with yet another shift in style - this time to jazz funk. With a new line up he shows that jazz can still get the crowd up and dancing with a masterly revisiting of the jazz giants  of the ‘80 and ‘90s. One of the highlights of this year’s Festival.

Ian Roberts, Chair, Teign Jazz and Blues Oct 19  


'First outing for Jazz Funk Emporium at the Bay Horse Inn and what a night!  Tight, funky and hot, had us all up and jumping.  You'll be back!'

Kathy, Bay Horse Totnes July 19



Jazz Funk Emporium


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