The Neil Maya Quartet

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

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Jazz Funk Emporium

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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

Audio/visual

Three video snippets from our gig in July 2019 at the Bay Horse Totnes. To see all the videos from the evening check out youtube here

Jazz Funk Emporium Playlist

The Story so far:

Summertime

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.

Jesse Molins

Tom Ball

Tom Drewett

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.

Reviews

'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

 

'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