Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pianist Bill Mays Performs on Saturday

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Jazz pianist Bill Mays came on the scene at the dawn of the 1970s, first becoming a fixture in Los Angeles before landing in New York in 1984. A studio sideman to some of the music’s leading singers—Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, Al Jarreau, Dionne Warwick, and Anita O’Day—he’ll be bringing his ivory magic to bear on Baba Louie’s Back Room as part of Pittsfield, Massachusetts’s 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival on February 21.

In LA, Mays worked with such West Coast cool icons as Buddy Collette, Art Pepper, Harold Land, Shelley Manne, Gerry Mulligan, and Bud Shank before moving into the fusion era with Tom Scott’s LA Express, sitarist Dr. L. Subramanian, and even Frank Zappa, with whom he played clavinet. Once in New York, he performed with the likes of Ron Carter, Al Cohn, Benny Golson, Eddie Daniels, Mel Lewis, Paul Winter, Rufus Reid, and Phil Woods, in addition to many others. Mays is also a respected composer and arranger who’s written for the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and film soundtracks (Hamlet, Anamorph, Burn After Reading). So, yeah, he’s what you might call a badass.

Here’s a bit of why:

Bill Mays will perform at Baba Louie’s Back Room in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on February 21 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call (413) or visit www.BerkshiresJazz.org.

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