Music

Jazz Jurassica: “1959” – Neil Maya Quartet

Saturday 29 May 2021

1959 was a golden year for jazz. Neil Maya’s Quartet takes us on a fascinating musical journey through a year featuring some of the greatest jazz tracks ever made. This was the year when Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Mingus, Ornette Coleman and Art Blakely released landmark albums. It also saw the birth of bossa nova.

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Bar opens 10:30 A.M.
Starts 11:30 A.M.
Advance £14.00
Under 18s £10.00

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1959 was a golden year for jazz. Neil Maya’s Quartet takes us on a fascinating musical journey through a year featuring some of the greatest jazz tracks ever made. This was the year when Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Mingus, Ornette Coleman and Art Blakely released landmark albums. It also saw the birth of bossa nova.

Neil Maya (saxophone), Gav Martin (pianist), Kevin Sanders (bass) and Preston Prince (drums).

Maya shows how albums such as Kind of Blue by Miles Davis and Brubeck’s Time Out shaped the development of modern jazz and still resonate today. The idea of a performance focusing on the music of this seminal year was in part due to his interest in the music of Dave Brubeck. His love of 50s jazz naturally led to 1959 because it represented a turning point for different approaches to improvisation. It was, he says “the year that changed jazz”.

1959 was also on the cusp of other social and political changes. The explosion of these innovative jazz recordings provides a musical backdrop to struggles for de-segregation and civil rights in the United States, the Cuban missile crisis and the start of the Vietnam war.

Neil is no stranger to Jazz Jurassica. In 2019 he performed his popular Brubeck show to a sell-out brunch at the Royal Lion Hotel. And he continues to work on new projects – one featuring music from cartoons – Cartoon Jazz – and another celebrating the music of Michael Bublé – Magnificent Bublé.

His quartet has clocked up playing credits with Alan Barnes, Art Themen, Clare Teal and Tina May as well as TV and radio sessions.

“Electrifying performance from a band that has everything – crisp melody lines and improvisation to match” –

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