The Neil Maya Quartet

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

All Change Please

Time on My Hands


Copshow Kapow

Welcome to the Circus

Big Girl Funk Machine

The Mists of Time


King Tut

Big Sur

La Fiesta                                      


(Neil Maya)

(Neil Maya)


(Tom Unwin)

(Neil Maya)

(Neil Maya)

(Neil Maya)

(John Carisi)

(Tom Unwin)

(Tom Unwin)

(C Corea)

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Round the Bend





Fables of Faubus

Ode to a Great Shed

A Bitter Ballad



(Neil Maya)

(Tom Unwin)

(Tom Unwin)

(Neil Maya)

(John Lewis)

(Charles Mingus)

(Neil Maya)

(Neil Maya)

(Tom Unwin)

(Tom Unwin)

Bread and Circuses, the Neil Maya Quartet's second album, includes a mix of originals by Tom and Neil as well as three standards, all with a unique NMQ take on them. The album title is a quote from a first century poet and satirist, Juvenal (panem et circenses in Latin), basically saying that all the people are interested in is food and entertainment, as opposed to more in depth issues such as politics….well so be it, but perhaps NMQ could provide the entertainment!!

Review of Out of the Woodshed by Craig Milverton...

"Imaginative, original playing with much lyricism bringing to mind two of the great pioneering jazz musicians of the 1960s; Bill Evans and Wayne Shorter, with much interplay between the talented musicians and creative and thoughtful compositions proving that there is an abundance of top musicians living in Devon today. Go and check them out at a gig near you soon. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!"


The quartet play a mix of originals by Neil (Maya) and Tom (Unwin) along with inventive re-workings of many well-known jazz standards. Style-wise, the quartet likes to be pretty eclectic with its choices: while they recognise that swing is the rhythm of jazz (and love playing it) they subscribe to the belief that there are plenty of other great grooves out there including samba, bossa, salsa and other Latin styles, as well as African grooves, rock, folk-rock etc. that should be part of their overall approach. They always try to get a varied mix of different genres into their music to keep it fresh and exciting for both themselves and the audience. They also strongly believe melody, dynamics and expression are highly important, and focus much of their energy upon this rather than simply 'playing' tunes and showcasing their abilities through soloing.


Depending on the event the quartet are able to alter their set to suit the occasion, at times solely playing standards and at times all origianls. Usually a mix of both works for most audiences.


Alice in Wonderland - Sammy Fain

A Night in Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie

Chega DeSaudade - Carlos Jobim

Cheesecake - Dexter Gordon

Django - John Lewis

Driftin' - Herbie Hancock

Everything Happens to Me - Chet Baker

Fables of Faubus - Charles Mingus

Guataca City - Paquito d'Rivera

Greensleeves - Trad.

Israel - John Carisi

Joy Spring - Clifford Brown

La Fiesta - Chick Corea

Love for Sale - Cole Porter

My Funny Valentine - Rodgers & Hart

Night and Day - Cole Porter

Recorda-me - Joe Henderson

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - H. Arlen

Spain - Chick Corea

Stella by Starlight - Victor Young

Take 5 - Paul Desmond

The Peacocks - Jimmy Rowles

This I dig of you - Hank Mobley

Tom Thumb - Wayne Shorter

Well U needn't - Thelonious Monk

Think of one - Thelonious Monk


+ many more...

A Bitter Ballad - Neil Maya

All Change Please - Neil Maya

Big Girl Funk Machine - Neil Maya

Ethan - Neil Maya

Faxosone - Neil Maya

Ode to a Great Shed - Neil Maya

Round the Bend - Neil Maya

The MIsts of Time - Neil Maya

Time on my Hands - Neil Maya

Welcome to the Circus - Neil Maya

Short Skirts and White Stilettos - Neil Maya

Five - Neil Maya

Meditative - Neil Maya

A Day at the Races - Neil Maya

Big Sur - Tom Unwin

Blue Sunflowers - Tom Unwin

Copshow Kapow - Tom Unwin

Dolores - Tom Unwin

Eric - Tom Unwin

Fingerprints - Tom Unwin

Funny Face - Tom Unwin

King Tut - Tom Unwin

Slinky - Tom Unwin

Undercurrents - Tom Unwin

The Low Down -Tom Unwin


+ new compositions added regularly!!


Original Compositions...



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Clifford Brown ....

Joy spring

George’s Dilemma




Tiny Capers

Jordu (by Duke Jordon)

I remember Cliffrod (Benny Golson)



Filthy McNasty

Nica’s Dream

Summer in central park


Silver’s Serenade

The Sophisticated Hippie


Out of the night came you

Psychedelic Sally

Horace Silver ....

'Bread and Circuses' is available within the UK in CD format for £11.50.

The CD can be purchased by navigating to the shop page.

'Out of The Woodshed' is available within the UK in CD format for £11.50.

The CD can be purchased by navigating to the shop page.